Boys Basketball: Plano runs past Lincoln-Way West
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media February 27, 2013 9:44PM
Updated: February 27, 2013 11:33PM
The records indicated the Class 3A regional semifinal between Plano and host Lincoln-Way West could be a mismatch, but it didn’t unfold that way.
Lincoln-Way West led 8-5 midway through the opening quarter before Plano rallied with a 19-point second period and went on to a 53-40 victory Wednesday night.
“That’s some of the best zone offense we played all year in the second quarter,’’ Plano coach Brett Moore said. “We ran that 1-3-1. We don’t always pass very well, but we hit some threes, stretched them out. That got us going offensively.’’
Plano (21-9) will face Providence (14-13) in Friday’s regional championship game.
Plano put together a 23-9 run, culminated with a three-pointer by Elijah Wallace, to go ahead 28-17 with 2:34 left in the first half.
Wallace scored a game-high 22 points, Jon McDermott had nine points and 14 rebounds and Udo Agomo, Cody Dryden and Collin Seyller each had six points.
“We have a lot of guys who can step up,’’ Moore said. “We’ve had three or four guys who have rotated in the last starting position. Every game it seems like one of them has a big game. Collin Seyller hit a couple big threes tonight.’’
Plano led 31-20 at halftime and 42-26 going into the final quarter.
West (3-26) was led by Hayden Witt with 19 points and seven rebounds. Jon Marotta contributed seven points and seven rebounds.
“We’ve been playing better the last eight weeks,’’ West coach Jon White said. “I know the wins aren’t there. I just think the basketball gods said the ball wasn’t going in the hole (Wednesday).’’
With an anticipated four returning starters and most players back off the bench, White is optimistic about next season.
“I’m kind of excited, kind of excited,’’ he said. “Some kids to mix in there, a couple of good sophomores.’’