RECAP: LF 52, ELK GROVE 38
The “quarterback” was dropping dimes.
In a Day Four 52-38 win over Elk Grove at the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic at York High School on Dec. 29, Lake Forest’s Jed Thomas didn’t score a single point during his team’s decisive 12-0 run to start the fourth quarter.
Instead, the underrated point guard, who has an eye for getting the ball to the open man, chose giving over receiving.
While canvassing the court like a Tom Brady, Thomas went into full QB mode by coming up with four assists — two to Sean Trkla and two to Ben Gibson — in the first 128 seconds of the fourth period.
It was a classic case of unselfish basketball.
Thomas helped his team finish 2-2 in the 32-team tournament. He ended up with six assists, five points and three steals.
Gibson was the team’s leading scorer with 15 points.
Lake Forest head coach Phil LaScala also tipped his cap to Trkla. The junior had one of his best outings of the 2017-18 season: 11 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.
“We talked to him [Trkla] about being more aggressive,” said LaScala. “And look what happened? Credit him for responding to the call.”
Actually, not much went wrong for LF (5-9). After racing out to 10-0 lead to start the game, the Scouts never trailed. And they put the game completely out of reach with that early fourth-quarter onslaught.
“We sprung the 1-3-1 trap on them in the fourth quarter,” said LaScala. “That changed the game a little bit.”
Make that: a lot.
LF went from leading by nine, 36-27, at the end of three quarters to taking a 21-point advantage, 48-27, with 5:16 left to play.
LF’s Game Balls: Ben Gibson (Sr., F), Sean Trkla (Sr., G), Jed Thomas (Sr., PG)
Elk Grove’s Game Ball: Dylan Ingebrigtsen (Sr., F)
Player of the Game: Ingebrigtsen
LF’s Unsung Hero: Jake Fisher
LF’s Stat Leaders
— Gibson (15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals)
— Trkla (11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block)
— Thomas (5 points, 6 assists, 3 steals)
— Fisher (6 points, 4 rebounds)
— Drew Arnson (5 points, 7 rebounds)
Elk Grove’s Stat Leaders
— Ingebrigtsen (24 points, 4 three-pointers, 3 rebounds)
— Ryley Rathman (7 points. 4 rebounds, 2 steals)
Notable: Lake Forest opened the 32-team tourney with a 54-43 loss to Andrew on Dec. 26. Ben Gibson tallied 14 points and five rebounds to lead the Scouts. LF’s other stat leaders were Jed Thomas (11 points, 3-for-4 from three-point range), Mead Payne (6 points, 3 assists) and Drew Arnson (6 points, 2 rebounds). … LF got back on the winning track by topping Waubonise Valley 54-52 in double overtime on Dec. 27. Thomas led the Scouts with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists. Gibson had 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Payne came up with nine points and four assists, while Jack VanHyfte had eight points. … And, on Day Three, the Scouts fell to Lyons 58-46. The stat leaders were Gibson (21 points), Payne (11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals) and Arnson (5 points).