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The Herald-News’ three things to know

12/11/2013, 6:21pm CST
By Tim Tierney

Tim Tierney breaks down the three things to know in Joliet-area boys basketball.

1. Plainfield North can handle the end of a close game without Trevor Stumpe. The Tigers proved that when their junior standout fouled out with three minutes left in Friday’s Southwest Prairie opener against Minooka. Although it wasn’t a good thing at the time with Minooka rallying, North held on for a 66-58 victory. “It gives them the confidence to play at the end of games and not rely on him,’’ coach Bob Krahulik said.

2. It won’t be more of the same this time around for Lincoln-Way West. The Warriors were 4-24 last season and had just 10 wins in the previous five seasons, but they’ve already equaled last year’s win total with a 55-44 victory Tuesday over Lincoln-Way North. Jon Marotta had 24 points and 12 rebounds while Hayden Witt contributed 23 points for West (4-1).

3. Morris got over its loss to Coal City in the Coalers’ Turkey Tournament final. The Redskins responded from that 67-59 setback with back-to-back wins — one against Northern Illinois Big 12 East rival Rochelle — and then a victory over Minooka. Evan Bjelland, Austin Patterson and Jake Walker have been getting it done for Morris (4-1). Next is a Saturday game at Yorkville before the Plano Christmas Classic.

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