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Big third quarter lifts Thornton over Lincoln-Way Central

01/24/2014, 8:45pm CST
By Logan Malloy

Justin Taylor scored all 12 of his points in the third quarter as Thornton cruised to a 52-36 win over Lincoln-Way Central.

Thornton 52, Lincoln-Way Central 36

THE SKINNY

After looking a step slow in the first half, Justin Taylor helped Thornton find the throttle in the third quarter, which motored to a 52-36 win in SouthWest Suburban Red action.

TURNING POINT

Central’s Brad Bass buried a three to bring the Knights within five in the pivotal third frame, but Thornton answered with a 16-4 scoring spell fueled by Taylor’s reverse layup and two-handed jam to seize a 39-22 advantage.

THE STAR

Taylor scored all 12 of his points in the third after an 0-for-7 start from the field. The 6-foot-6 senior added eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

BY THE NUMBERS

Keondre Woods led Thornton (11-4, 5-1) with 13 points and Jamani Pierce chalked up nine points and seven rebounds. Bass netted a game-high 15 points for Central (9-8, 2-4), with Kevin Mampe adding nine.

QUOTABLE

“I didn’t come out with as much energy as I usually do in the first half. So I wanted to come out hot in the second half and play how I know I can play.” — Taylor

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