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Jubril Adekoya scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as host Andrew defeated Thornwood 59-42 on Friday night in the SouthWest Suburban Red.
The 6-7 Adekoya got going in the second quarter by scoring 12 points to help Andrew (10-5, 5-1) to a 32-20 halftime lead. He proved a tough match-up defensively for the Thunderbirds.
“The first reason is because he is so unselfish,” Andrew coach Mike O’Halloran said of Adekoya. “If you try to send two or three guys at him, he will find the open man. Secondly, he can play inside and outside. He can take you outside and inside, and he can take you off the dribble as well.”
Adekoya shot 10-for-15 from the floor and 9-for-12 from the free-throw line.
Adekoya credited his teammates for his success against the Thunderbirds (7-10, 3-3).
“I was hitting open shots, and they were keying on me defensively,” Adekoya said. “My teammates, the guards especially, were setting me up really well, so well that I only had to worry about knocking the shots down.”
Thornwood cut the Andrew lead to 32-26 with 5:02 left in the third quarter before Andrew put it away, outscoring Thornwood 27-16 the rest of the game.
“We came out a little flat out of halftime,” Adekoya said. “Coach called a couple of timeouts and got us situated and back to playing good defense and that’s what got us going.”
Glorind Lisha added 18 points for the Thunderbolts, who have won nine of their last 10 games.
“Glorind has been struggling with consistency with his shot,” O’Halloran said. “We need him if we’re going to be consistent and keep a good run going.”