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Homewood-Flossmoor 's Jason Scott passes before falling, with Lincoln-Way East's Eric Spudic Tuesday night in Flossmoor. photo for Sun-Times Media by Jean Lachat
Rashaan Surles had the hot hand early Tuesday night and his Homewood-Flossmoor teammates made certain to get him the ball.
Surles knocked down three of his five three-pointers in the first quarter to lead H-F to a 63-40 rout of visiting Lincoln-Way East in a SouthWest Suburban Blue mismatch.
Surles, a 6-4 senior, finished with 20 points, 11 coming in the first quarter. Marcus Willis and Jason Scott added seven points each for H-F.
“The shots I was taking (Tuesday night) were the same as the shots we do in practice,” Surles said. “I was just taking my time. My teammates were getting me the ball.”
The Vikings (16-5, 9-1) jumped out to a 13-5 lead behind two treys by Surles. The Griffins (8-12, 2-8), however, cut the deficit to 17-12 on a three-pointer by Matt Baldridge.
It was all downhill from there for East.
Surles and Lamar Wofford-Humphrey buried threes to extend the Vikings’ lead to 26-12 after one quarter. East would not get within singles digits the rest of the game.
“Rashaan came out on fire,” H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence.”
The Vikings played without leading scorer Maurius Hill, who sat out with a foot injury. His absence had little effect on the Vikings defense, which swarmed the Griffins all night.
“I thought we played well,” McLaughlin said. “We were aggressive on defense.”
Jason Scott brought the crowd to its feet early in the second quarter when he hammered home a perfect alley-oop pass from Ricky Bullock off a two-on-one break.
“I just tell my team to throw it up and I’ll go get it,” Scott said.
The play of the game, however, came in the fourth quarter. H-F’s Thaddeus Little drove the lane and posterized an East defender with a one-handed tomahawk jam.
Jon Junkroski, Chris DeRubertis and Austin Winkler all had eight points for East.