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Uplift takes down Foreman in Red-North rematch

01/13/2014, 10:07pm CST
By Patrick Z. McGavin

Visiting Uplift used first-quarter runs of 9-0 and 15-4 in dashing out to a 25-point advantage in the first half en route to an easy 79-44 Red-North victory Monday at Foreman.

What a difference a month makes.

In December, Uplift hosted Foreman in a spirited back-and-forth game that was not decided until late in the fourth quarter.

In the rematch Monday, the game was essentially done by the end of the first quarter.

The visiting Titans used first-quarter runs of 9-0 and 15-4 in dashing out to a 25-point advantage in the first half en route to an easy 79-44 Red-North victory at Foreman.

As the Titans ran out to the greatest start (12-0) in the program’s young history, reality intervened at the Proviso West Holiday tournament, where Uplift finished a disappointing 1-2 after suffering tough losses against Morton and New Trier.

“We’re mad about the tournament and how that ended for us,” junior swingman Jeremy Roscoe said. “We have a chip on our shoulder, especially because we’re not ranked anymore.”

Roscoe scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the first half. He paced five double-figure scorers for the Titans.

With Roscoe setting the dominant tone, the Titans (14-2, 6-0) took out their vengeance against the Hornets. Center Percell Washington, who scored a game-high 19 points, actually staked the Hornets (5-7, 3-3) to an early 4-1 advantage.

That was one of the few bright spots of the night.

Junior wing guard Deshon Fluckes (11 points) drilled a three-pointer as Uplift surged ahead with a 9-0 run. Uplift created havoc at both ends for the Hornets, who suffered 11 turnovers in the first quarter as Uplift seized the 25-8 advantage.

Uplift wore down Foreman with its speed, depth and interchangeable players. Coach David Taylor used nine players in the first half and eight of them scored. Senior guard Augustin Tronou scored 11 points.

He requested to come off the bench for the first time this year.

“I just wanted to have that different look at the start of the game and see how things developed,” he said. “Lately our practices have just been intense because we know we’re going to need all of our players when it gets to the city and state playoffs.

“That’s what we want to shoot for, to win those.”

Junior wing forward Jamaya Wyatt posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Titans, whose lead swelled to 40-15 late in the second quarter.

The Hornets generated some resistance late in the first half. Junior guard Emaei Hoard scored seven points on one possession, taking advantage of an Uplift technical foul and common foul to convert four free throws and cap it off with a three-point play. He scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half for the Hornets.

Foreman sliced the deficit to as low as 15 points as Washington scored six consecutive points before Uplift answered with an 11-0 eruption. Tronou threw down a monster dunk to punctuate the conclusion of the third quarter for a 67-31 Uplift lead.

Forward Quintin Olagbegi added 10 points for the Titans. Nine of the 12 Uplift players that saw action ended up contributing points.

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