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Lockport's Grover Anderson gets past a Bolingbrook defender Tuesday, December 4, 2012. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
There’s nothing like a victory at home over the team picked to win the conference.
Just ask Lockport’s David Robinson or John Campbell after the Porters’ 43-38 come-from-behind win Tuesday night over SouthWest Suburban Blue favorite Bolingbrook.
“It’s a huge win,’’ Robinson said. “I know a lot of people over there, so it felt real good. We just wanted to play as hard as we could.’’
“It boosts our confidence a lot,’’ Campbell said. “It helps us get the mind-set that even though we’re not ranked in the top 10 in the area, that we can still beat the top-ranked teams.’’
Robinson and Campbell both scored nine points, including four each in the fourth quarter, and Mantas Tamasauskis (11 points) came off the bench to hit three three-pointers in the second half.
Tamasauskis connected on back-to-back treys in the fourth quarter to turn a 31-29 deficit into a 35-31 lead for Lockport (3-3, 2-0) with 5:25 left to play.
“No one would know he came into (Tuesday’s) game 1-for-11 from three,’’ Lockport coach Lawrence Thompson said. “We’ve been working on him getting set, getting prepared. He took advantage of the opportunity. The kids got him in stride.’’
Bolingbrook (4-2, 1-1) outscored Lockport 16-11 in the third quarter to go ahead 31-27 entering the final period. Lockport then put together a 10-0 run, including two Tamasauskis three-pointers.
“Luckily, they missed some shots,’’ Thompson said. “We had a chance to get a couple runouts. We got some good looks. Fortunately, the threes went in to get us back in the game.’’
Ben Moore led Bolingbrook with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He had consecutive baskets in the final 19 seconds to make it 41-38 with 5.7 seconds left, but it was too late for the Raiders. Robinson added two free throws to seal the victory.
“Whenever you shoot 55 percent from the line and 23 percent for the game, you’re not going to win,’’ Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost said. “You’re for sure not going to win on the road, for sure not at Lockport.’’
Andrew Gosney contributed eight points and nine rebounds for Lockport, which follows up Tuesday’s victory with a conference game Friday at Homewood-Flossmoor.
“This means a lot,’’ Thompson said. “It should bode that the style of play we’re trying to instill in the kids can work against anyone.’’