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There is something about the second quarter that makes the defense click for Reavis.
After giving up 24 points in the first frame to rival Argo Friday night, the Rams trailed by 13 but buckled down and allowed just two second-quarter points to cut the halftime lead to two and rolled the rest of the way en route to a 64-46 South Suburban Red Conference victory in Summit.
It marked the fourth time this season the Rams held an opponent to two points in one quarter. They held Hancock, T.F. South and Tinley Park to two points – all in the second quarters of those victories.
“Today Argo came out on fire,” Reavis coach Jeffrey Smith said. “I told them if we weathered the storm we would be OK. We started to get stop after stop after stop. We started rebounding better. And we got back on defense better.”
Junior Ed Puha had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Rams, who improved to 13-5 overall and 4-3 in the conference. Senior Nick Bal missed five of his first six shots and then hit five of his final six to finish with 19 points. He had 16 second-half points as the Rams outscored the Argonauts (3-5, 7-11) 40-20 in the final 16 minutes.
“If I make a bad play I just try to clear my mind and step up,” Bal said.
Since Argo’s 58-52 victory over Reavis in the third-place game of the large-school division of the Romeoville Christmas Classic on Dec. 28, the two teams have gone in different directions.
Reavis recovered from that loss and is now on a five-game winning streak. Argo has sputtered with a 2-4 mark since beating the Rams.
“That first game was played at 1 in the afternoon and this was a completely different atmosphere,” Smith said. “We had three or four fan buses come in for this game. Our fans were great.”