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Homewood Flossmoor's Jason Scott (11) hits a jumper as Lockport's Ryan Reed (30) looks for the rebound. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Homewood-Flossmoor turned its defense into offense Friday night and turned aside host Lockport.
Using a 16-1 run over the first 3:29 of the second half to break open what was a 12-point halftime lead, the No. 7 Vikings cruised to a 59-30 SouthWest Suburban Blue victory.
Four Vikings scored in double figures, with Rashaan Surles leading the way with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Jason Scott, Ricky Bullock and Tai Odiase all scored 10 points for H-F (15-5, 8-1). John Campbell led the Porters (5-14, 3-6) with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including two three-pointers.
H-F forced 17 Lockport turnovers and allowed just three Porters to score in the game.
“In the second half our guys came out with a lot of energy,” H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said. “Any time you can get a win on the road in our conference you move on.”
Both teams had offensive struggles early in the game as they combined to shoot just 3-of-19 from the floor. H-F led 7-4 after one quarter.
Consecutive baskets by Scott extended the H-F lead to 15-8 with 3:50 remaining in the half.
“We just wanted to play hard as a team,” Scott said. “I like to pass first, but if I see someone who can’t guard me then I’ll take it to the hole.”
Lockport did what they could to stay in the game. Campbell’s layup off a turnover cut the Vikings’ lead to 17-10 with 1:38 left in the half. A Surles three-pointer followed by a Scott basket at the buzzer pushed the Vikings’ lead to 22-10 at halftime.
The Vikings used their defense to force three straight Lockport turnovers and parlayed that into a 16-1 run over the first 3:29 of the third period to extend their lead to 38-11.
“We had some opportunities early and it would have kept our confidence level high but we started doing non-fundamental things in the second half,” Lockport coach Lawrence Thompson Jr. said.