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Looking for some separation in Friday’s nip-and-tuck game with Andrew, Lincoln-Way North coach John Terry had to ignore the advice of a coaching legend.
With the Phoenix leading by four with just over five minutes left in the game, Terry called a timeout and drew up a play for sharpshooter Denton Wallace, who responded by draining his fourth three-pointer of the night.
“We never practice that play,” Terry said. “Bob Knight always says to never run a play you don’t practice, but I just decided, ‘Hey, I like this play.’ The kids executed set plays all night.”
The trey finally gave North some separation, and it went on to a 57-50 win in a key SouthWest Suburban Red tilt in Frankfort.
Tre Lewis (14 points, six rebounds), Daryle Morgan (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Wallace (12 points) led the Phoenix (17-7, 9-2), which remained tied with Thornton atop the Red.
Glorind Lisha scored 14 points to pace Andrew (12-10, 7-4), which was playing without star Jubril Adekoya (ankle injury) for the third straight game.
In a game that featured 21 lead changes — 18 in the first half — the final one came courtesy of Lewis, who scored on consecutive drives to the basket to give North a 41-39 lead after three.
“In the second half we were able to drive and score or kick out,” Lewis said. “This was huge. I want to win a conference title my senior year.”
Morgan and Austin Olsen (seven rebounds) scored early in the fourth for North before Wallace’s three-point dagger.
“(Terry) drew up the play for me, Tre got me the ball and luckily, I knocked it down,” Wallace said.
Cody Murphy had nine points and 10 rebounds for North.
Jarvion Franklin (11 points, seven rebounds) and Luke Hook (nine points, five rebounds) contributed for Andrew.
“I was very proud of the kids who played,” Andrew coach Mike O’Halloran said. “We played a good team and kept the game in jeopardy a long time.”