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Offensive rebounding, and preventing the opponent from the same, can go a long way toward curing whatever ails a basketball team.
Lockport scored its first victory of the Plainfield North Holiday Tournament on Saturday afternoon, riding a 16-0 advantage on the offensive boards to a 48-33 win over Plainfield North.
The Porters (4-7) used an 8-0 run to lead 12-3 after one quarter, were up 19-9 at half and repelled the repeated efforts North (4-7) made to recover in the second half.
“We were a little quicker to the ball around the basket,” said Lockport coach Lawrence Thompson Jr., whose team outrebounded the Tigers 38-24 overall. “Any time you can find a way to stop a four-game losing streak, you take it.
“I’m happy with how we played every night here. Each night there was a different issue, and the next day we got it corrected.”
David Robinson led Lockport with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Andrew Gosney chipped in with 10 points and 7 boards and John Campbell scored 9 as the Porters’ inside game dominated.
“Lockport has some really good athletes,” North coach Nick DiForti said. “We came out flat, and you add that to their defense, and we were in trouble.”
Both teams were coming off good efforts Friday night. Lockport was up on Benet late before losing 47-42 and North took tournament champion T.F. North to overtime before falling 59-57.
“When we play to a higher level, we like to think we can play with better teams,” DiForti said. “We played a phenomenal game yesterday. Today we did not rebound, we didn’t make plays.”
After North shot 3-of-18 in the first half, sophomore forward Trevor Stumpe heated up in the second half when he scored 13 of his 15 points. Sophomore forward Jake Novak added 9.