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Karon Linton made up for the lost time.
The talented Foreman senior guard has been held out of play for most of the year by coach Terry Head for disciplinary infractions. In uniform he is a difference-maker.
The smooth-shooting left-hander drilled five three-pointers and scored a career-high 28 points and 6-7 star Carl White posted his second triple-double of the year as the visiting Hornets thrashed Von Steuben 72-44 Tuesday in Red-North play.
Foreman (10-2, 6-0) started slowly, going nearly five minutes without scoring. They conceded the first basket to the Panthers (5-8, 2-3) and then ripped off a 20-0 four-minute run that extended into the opening possession of the second quarter.
The day proved a marvelous 42nd birthday present for Head in the renewal of a personal and professional rivalry. “Whenever Von and Foreman play, it’s like the Celtics and the Lakers,” Head said.
“I’ve been coaching against [Von Steuben coach] Vince Carter for 25 years, since the days at Garfield Park when we had our travel teams. We had the Heat and he had the Demons.
“When we first came into the Red-North, they killed us and now we’re getting them back,” he said.
Linton was the catalyst. He nailed consecutive three-pointers from the left wing that propelled the Hornets to the 18-2 lead after the first quarter. “It started with practice and our shootaround, where I got my shot set and got my rhythm going,” he said. “I listened to Coach Head and worked on my shot and I was just ready to go out there.”
The rangy and athletic White patrolled the inside and constantly thwarted the Panthers at the rim. He scored 12 points and contributed 16 rebounds and 11 blocked shots. “We knew this was a big rivalry game, it was important to coach Head and we wanted to give him the right birthday present. I just didn’t want to let them get anything easy or score around the basket.”
Von Steuben star senior guard Demetrius Faulkner singlehandedly kept the Panthers close. He scored his team’s 12 consecutive points in pulling the Panthers within 33-20 late in the second quarter.
Faulkner scored 20 of the Panthers’ initial 31 points in finishing with 25 points.
Linton turned the game into a rout by scoring the first 12 points of the fourth quarter. He finished shooting 5-for-7 on three-pointers.
Guard Marcus Gatlin contributed 13 points and Terrance Frazier contributed eight points.
Junior guard David McDaniel added 10 points for the Panthers. Carter said the game too often mirrored his team’s struggles in their other losses. “It comes down to the same things that have hurt us,” he said, “our inability to make shots, to make free throws and to make plays to stay in the game.”