Free throws make the difference

In basketball games between two teams of similar abilities, the outcome is usually decided at the foul line.
That was proven recently in the Sterling House High School Basketball League’s Junior Varsity Division when the Thunder defeated Team Lockdown, 46-41, in the season’s first overtime thriller.
The Thunder hit 64 percent of their free throws (16 of 25), while Team Lockdown made 33 percent of their charity tosses (6 of 18).  Team Lockdown missed all four in the overtime stanza.
Paul Defelice scored  16 points for the Thunder, while Tymon Johnson tallied 10 points for Team Lockdown.
In the other JV game, the Dream Team defeated Stratford’s Finest 50-43.
Bryce Hudas of Stratford’s Finest took game scoring honors with 16 points, while Marc Mrozek tallied 13 points for the Dream Team.
In Varsity action, defense was the key word in the Dream Team’s 26-25 win over Everything Well Done. No one hit double figures in the scoring column.
Led by Dillon O’Meara and James Murphy, each with a dozen points, Reckless topped the Wetnets 41-35. James Shannon had 10 points for the Wetnets.
Big B & the Rest topped the Panthers, 56-50. Spencer Bassett was high scorer for the winners with 16 points.
Ricardo Alcover had 15 points, including nine from three-point range, for the Panthers.
Shabbir Jawad was the day’s top point producer with 19, all but one of those in the second half, as the Hi-Flyers nipped Team Uno 40-37. Ian Oliver tallied 17 points for Team Uno.
Friday night action begins at 6:15 with a Varsity contest between the Panthers and the Supersonics, followed at 7:30 by a Junior Varsity game between the Tropics and the Dream Team.
Both games will be played at Flood Middle School.

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