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Foreman guard Karon Linton had a debt to settle with coach Terrance Head. Consider the debt paid in full.
Linton came off the bench and scored a game-high 20 points in the Hornets' 56-46 win over Vocational in the second round of the Chicago Public Schools league tournament on Thursday.
“He owed me this game,” Head said of Linton. “He didn’t come focused or ready to play last time out, but he did a great job tonight. I am proud of him.”
Linton scored eight points in a 51-second span late in the second quarter to give the Hornets (15-4) a 30-20 lead with 1:01 left in the first half. The reserve guard hit back-to-back treys from opposite wings before finishing the flurry with a steal at midcourt and layup at the other end.
“I just wanted to help my team in any way,” Linton said. “If that means coming off the bench, that’s what I will do.”
It was only fitting on the Hornets' senior night they would be led by their only two seniors. Carl White led Foreman at the beginning, he stuffed the stat sheet in just the first eight minutes of play with seven points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals.
“That’s what seniors do,” Head said. “He played all five positions tonight. I do not know why he is not being heavily recruited, but I know he can play at a high level.”
White, who is expected to be visited by Eastern Illinois University and Cornell next week, according to Head, finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and three steals.
The Hornets, who never trailed in the game, led by as many as 15 points in the third period before Vocational made a push in the fourth. But every time the Cavaliers creeped to within two possessions, Foreman had an answer.
“We have learned that teams are going to punch back, they are not just going to lay down for us,” Head said. “I was proud of our kids' ability to keep fighting through their runs.”
Dionte Ingram (14 points) hit a pair of free throws with 2:30 left in the game to bring Vocational to within 43-48, but they would get no closer.
Foreman will make its second straight appearance in the CPS quarterfinals.
“That was our main goal,” Linton said. “We wanted to make it to the Elite 8 and see where we can go from there.”