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Andrew's #10, Mike Grenda, passes over Lincoln-Way North's #1, Tre Lewis, during their game at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, IL on Friday January 4, 2013. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Andrew coach Mike O’Halloran had reason to smile Friday.
For one, players other than Jubril Adekoya contributed to the scoring column.
Second, after playing 10 of their first 11 games on the road, the Thunderbolts were in the comforts of their own gym and supported by a boisterous crowd.
It all added up to a 57-44 win over Lincoln-Way North in a SouthWest Suburban Red tussle.
“It’s a big win for us,” O’Halloran said. “Glorind [Lisha] and Luke [Hook] stepped up for us, and our student body really showed up. It was good to play at home.”
Lisha scored 15 points and Hook added 12 for Andrew (7-5, 3-1). The duo totaled 20 of their 27 points in the second half.
Adekoya, however, led the charge for Andrew, registering 22 points and 13 rebounds.
In all, the trio accounted for 51 of the Thunderbolts’ 57 points.
“Glorind needs to score for us to be successful,” O’Halloran said. “We have to be balanced.”
Leading 29-27 early in the third quarter, Andrew went on an 11-1 run to grab a 40-28 lead. The trio of Adekoya, Hook and Lisha registered all of the Thunderbolts’ 17 points in the third period.
The closest the Phoenix (10-5, 2-2) would get the rest of the way was eight points.
Cody Murphy valiantly tried to carry the Phoenix back into the game, scoring seven of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter.
It wasn’t meant to be, however. Daryle Morgan added 12 points for North.
“If people start helping Jubril — starting with me — we’ll be much better,” Lisha said. “Our defense is improving and our shots are starting to fall.”