Boys Basketball: Homewood-Flossmoor’s fourth-quarter burst overpowers Joliet WestDelvon Rencer, of Homewood-Flossmoor, with the lay-up against Joliet West at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Friday, December 2nd, 2011 in Flossmoor, IL. l Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 5, 2011 9:22PM
After Joliet West went on a 13-3 run to grab a 33-32 lead late in the third quarter Friday night, Homewood-Flossmoor turned to its senior leaders to carry it home.
Delvon Rencher, Tyrone Sherman and Tim Williams combined for 16 of the No. 17 Vikings’ 20 fourth-quarter points as H-F held on for a 60-53 win in a SouthWest Suburban Blue opener in Flossmoor.
“We held strong and it was nice to see that,” H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said. “Our seniors stepped up. We joke around with Delvon about bringing the juice and he brought the juice tonight.”
Rencher (17 points, nine rebounds) and Williams (nine points, eight rebounds) scored four points apiece during a 10-4 run that gave the Vikings (4-1) a 50-41 lead midway through the fourth.
A three-pointer from Ryan Modiest brought Joliet West (3-2) within six, but Rencher scored the next three points and Sherman hit five free throws to seal the win.
“We stayed together and started knocking down shots,” Rencher said. “We stayed focused and stepped up on the defensive end. We’re all family and we trusted each other.”
The Tigers grabbed the brief third-quarter advantage behind Marlon Johnson (17 points, 12 rebounds), who scored six points in the frame.
Rashaan Surles, who had 11 points off the bench, hit a three-pointer to give the Vikings the lead for good at 35-33 with 2:15 left in the third.
Johnson, who picked up his fourth foul with two seconds left in the third, was held to two points in the fourth.
“I think Marlon got a little tentative,” Joliet West coach Luke Yaklich said. “Our (17) turnovers was the difference. If we can improve our passing, we’ll be a good team.”
Morris Dunnigan (13 points, seven rebounds) and Carl Terrell (10 points) contributed for West.