Lane Drops Red Opener

December 9, 2012
The Foreman Hornets (3-0, 1-0) started defense of its Red North section title in basketball by beating Lane (2-4,0-1) 48-41. On this day it was a sophomore that did damage to Lane on its home court. Lonell Williams came off the bench to score 13 points. Williams, who made 6-of-8 shots, scored eight points in the third quarter to help Foreman pull away. "Foreman is a great team," Lane head coach Nick Logalbo said. "They are picked to win our conference, but I really feel like we beat ourselves." "He can shoot," Foreman head coach Terry Head of the sophomore. "He's going to be good. We have a lot of weapons at a young age." This group is not only talented, but the Hornets know how to win. The Foreman Freshmen team, without Willams, lost the city sophomore championship. Williams joined the squad last season, and the Hornets were beaten by Julian in the city sophomore semifinals. Foreman has won or shared the Red North title eight of the nine years after the section was dominated by Von Steuben. "They have unlimited potential," Head stated after the win. "I have to get them to believe in our system. They have to learn basic basketball skill. They are young, but they are going to play hard." Lane is hoping to contend in the Red North with senior Zach Barth and junior Admir Suljic. "We're talking about winning the Red North," Logalbo said. "That's our goal this year. We have great senior leadership. We have two of the best players in the conference." Barth finished the game with 12 points and 13 rebounds, but Lane shot only 15-of-53 and missed 11 free throws. Foreman won despite missing 15-of-17 shots in the first quarter. Williams connected on four baskets in the third quarter as Foreman outscored Lane 17-9 to build an 11 point advantage. Foreman missed nine free throws and made 19-of-58 shots as the Hornets led 24-21 at halftime. Foreman has one of the city's best players in senior Carl White. White was a factor with six points and 12 rebounds. "I am expecting everything from him," Head said. "He has to step up." Can any North side team with the Public League basketball championship? That question has been asked since Roosevelt won the city title in 1954. Since 1970, only Taft, Von Steuben, Steinmetz and Foreman have advanced to the Public League semifinals in hoops. "Now, we have to do better in the city playoffs," Head admitted after the win. "A couple of years ago, they didn't know about Foreman. Now, they are a household name." Foreman will be a team to watch in the next two years.

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