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All it took for Lincoln-Way Central to remove the albatross was a three-pointer from senior Matt Mikolajczak.
With the easy shot from the left side of the three-point arc, Mikolajczak was able to erase a winless SouthWest Suburban Blue record for the Knights and notch a come-from-behind 34-30 victory over Lockport Friday in New Lenox.
With Lincoln-Way Central trailing 30-29, Mikolajczak drained the trey on an assist from Brad Bass to give the Knights a 32-30 lead. Alex Parks made two free throws with 3.2 seconds to play to add some insurance.
“I was sitting in the corner and I knew the ball was coming and I got my feet set and knocked down the shot,” Mikolajczak said.
Bass led the Knights (9-14, 1-10) with 16 points and Mikolajczak chipped in six points.
Lockport (6-17, 4-7) thought it was still on a roll after upsetting Bolingbrook 42-41 on Tuesday. So it wasn’t a surprise when the Porters jumped out to a 20-8 lead at halftime.
But the Porters came out flat in the second half and were outscored 9-2 in the third quarter. The only two points Lockport got in that quarter were two free throws by David Robinson and John Campbell.
“We had a tough first half but we pride ourselves on our defense and it kept us in the game,” Mikolajczak said.
That lull allowed the Knights to reconfigure their offense and get back in the ballgame. Joe Newtoff’s two free throws for Lincoln-Way Central with about five minutes left brought the Knights to within 24-23 and the comeback was on.
Lockport pulled ahead by four with under a minute to play, but Bass’s three-pointer with 50 seconds to go brought the Knights to within one at 30-29. That set up Mikolajczak’s heroics.
Grover Anderson and Andrew Gosney both led the Porters with nine points apiece.