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Lockport had two players score in double figures and went 6-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final minute to overtake visiting Joliet Central 53-47 Friday in Lockport.
Andrew Gosney scored 15 points and Ryan Reed added 10 for the Porters in the SouthWest Suburban Blue victory.
Lockport (7-17, 5-7) took its first lead of the ballgame to start the fourth quarter, when Gosney made a layup to put the Porters ahead 39-37.
The Porters’ lead grew to 45-39 midway through the fourth quarter, when Lockport almost collapsed in the same fashion it did a week earlier in a loss at Lincoln-Way Central. Against the Knights, Lockport blew a lead late in the fourth quarter and missed crucial free throws down the stretch.
But not this time.
“We fell apart later [after leading 45-39], but we were able to close it out,” Gosney said. “We had our biggest momentum then. We tried moving the ball around, because the pressure was there and we had to be patient.”
Gosney missed the Porters’ first matchup with Joliet Central with the flu, but he wasn’t worried about being unfamiliar with the Steelmen.
“We got a good look at the plays that they had and what kind of defense they were running,” Gosney said. “I wasn’t worried going into the game how I was going to produce. I knew they were small on the inside and I could get the shots I wanted.”
Joliet Central’s Jalen Heath scored a game-high 24 points, including 13 in the first half, but it wasn’t enough for the Steelmen (12-12, 7-5).
Joliet Central trailed by only one at the end of the first quarter, but came back in the second and took a 27-24 lead into halftime.
Steelmen point guard Jonah Coble, who has been battling disciplinary problems this season, came in off the bench and scored four points late in the second quarter. He finished with only six.