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Boys basketball: Charles Cooper’s dunk early sets tone for Lew Wallace win

Updated: March 17, 2013 6:48PM



GARY — The turning point came early in Friday’s Wallace-Roosevelt Northwest Conference duel.

After the Wallace defense forced a turnover, the Hornets’ Charles Cooper picked up the loose ball at midcourt and made a mad dash toward the basket. Roosevelt coach Renaldo Thomas yelled to his Panthers to get in front of Cooper and take a charge but his instructions fell on deaf ears.

That’s when Cooper, seeing an open lane to the basket, took off and threw down a serious two-handed dunk.

Wallace took the early lead and and led the rest of the way in a 101-63 win for the Hornets. Cooper led the way with 33 points, including nine in the first quarter. The Hornets took a 24-12 lead after one quarter and, with the exception of one run by the Panthers to cut the lead to six, wasn’t threatened the rest of the game.

Cooper scored 20 of his team’s 45 points in the first half.

He had scoring help in the second half. Keontae Bridges contributed 22 points, including an impressive dunk of his own, while Alzana Sullivan added 19 points, including nine in what turned out to be the game-deciding first quarter.

El Amin did what he could to keep the Panthers in the game with 23 points, including two 3-pointers.

Roosevelt lost to Wallace for the second time this season. The varsity game paled in comparison to the junior varsity game, which Wallace won in double-overtime.



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