HILLSIDE, ILL. – Lavonte Dority scored 27 points to lead Foreman (Chicago) to a 73-67 victory over New Trier (Wilmette, Ill.) in the third consolation game of the Proviso West Holiday Classic.
The Trevians jumped out to a quick lead, hitting shots and keeping the Hornets attack stagnant with a 1-2-2 zone, and led 22-13 at the end of the first half.
Then the 6'3" junior, Dority, started to show off his game, scoring Foreman's next seven points and closing the gap to 25-22.
Dority further showed his mettle in the waning seconds of the first half – blocking what looked to be a sure runaway layup off a baseball pass on one possession and stealing the inbounds pass and getting fouled on the next. The subsequent free throws gave Foreman a 35-34 lead with 9.6 second in the half. New Trier would then score to put themselves up 36-35 at intermission.
The game remained extremely close in the second half, with Foreman using its superior athleticism to open things up against the Trevians' zone. At this point, Dority primarily played the point while juniors Tommy Woolridge and Michael McCall carried the scoring load for the Hornets. Woolridge and McCall finished with 20 and 17 points, respectively.
Neither team was able to extend their lead beyond a point until Woolridge hit a three with 1:48 to play for a 67-64 advantage. Foreman then iced things from the line. Unofficially, Dority shot 6-of-7 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and 11-of-14 for the game.
New Trier's Alex Rossi also impressed in a losing effort. The 6'5" junior matched Dority's 27 points and showed excellent touch from all over the floor.
In the previous game, Hillcrest (Country Club Hills, Ill.) beat Von Steuben (Chicago) 56-41 behind 20 points from senior forward Travis Scott and 14 points from junior forward Herbert Offord. Von Steuben's Jermaine Hiler sat for most of the second half with leg cramps and finished with nine points.
Lavonte Dority notes:
A confident ball-handler who typically brought the ball up against pressure… Explosive off the drive and good at getting to the basket in traffic… Good form and arc on his long-range shot, as he went an unofficial 3-of-6 from three… Seemed to prefer setting up from the right corner to right wing on offense, but able to shoot and drive from anywhere on the floor… Not very quick to react after a shot goes up and does not box out, however he did crash the glass with authority on several occasions… Not a very strong defender in the half-court, as he actually looked better using his strength to front the larger forward of New Trier than chasing their smaller guards through screens… Good at applying pressure and helped force several turnovers toward the end of the game… Reports indicate that he struggled in the previous day's loss to Fenwick (Oak Park, Ill.)…. An unselfish player with strong intangibles – he played well during pressure situations.
Alex Rossi notes:
Unofficially 13-of-16 from the floor and 2-of-4 from three… An excellent shooting stroke and good range. It was surprising when he missed… Demonstrated excellent body control and focus by hitting several off-balance shots and making shots with a hand in his face… Surprising athleticism and leaping ability… A very smart player with good vision… Moved well without the ball, and the Trevians primarily fed him off back-cuts and read plays.
Tommy Woolridge notes:
Hit the seams very well off the dribble… A quick guard with a solid three-point shot.