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Boys basketball: Noll gets off to fast start at Hebron Sectional

TyreGates goes for reverse payup Tuesday night against Lake Statiduring Bishop Noll's sectional game Hebron.| Dan Shelton/Sun-Times Media

Tyreon Gates goes for a reverse payup Tuesday night against Lake Station during Bishop Noll's sectional game at Hebron.| Dan Shelton/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 6, 2014 6:40AM



HEBRON — Bishop Noll is the overwhelming favorite to the win the Class 2A Hebron Sectional title and the Hammond private school proved it Tuesday with a dominating 67-51 win over Lake Station.

In the other quarterfinal, host Hebron avenged a regular-season loss to Boone Grove with a 38-35 win to advance to the next round.

The Warriors (19-3) will take on River Forest (9-11) at 7 p.m. Friday, while the Hawks (13-9) will take on Whiting (12-8) at 5:30 p.m.

Noll, which defeated the Eagles (15-7) twice in the regular season by an average of 20.5 points, used its speed all night to force the Hawks into bad shots and bad passes.

“We were ready for them,” first-year coach Josh Belluomini said. “We knew they were a good team and they showed that the first two times we played them.

“We worked hard on defense and improved on some things that hadn’t worked in the past two games. We had to take care of (Dwayne) Haden and we wanted to take care of (Ben) Neals a little better but he did a great job rebounding and putting the ball back in.”

Neals was especially effective in the third quarter, scoring all six Eagles points in a two-minute stretch to bring his team back to a 40-33 deficit. He finished with 14 points, while Haden led the way with 18 points.

But Tyreon Gates (16 points) and Larry Crisler (20 points) had other plans for the Warriors.

The two seniors scored the game’s next eight points as Noll expanded its lead to 51-35.

The Warriors were up double digits the rest of the way.

“We were moving the ball more in the third quarter from the gate,” Gates said. “We came together and played as a team. In every huddle, we say ‘family’ on three so we did everything as a family.”

In the first game, Hebron’s Tony Rose scored 19 of his team’s 38 points to hold off a pesky Wolves team.

Coach John Steinhilber said holding Boone Grove to just one 3-pointer was the key to victory.

“It was our defensive effort,” he said. “We gave up 21 points in the first quarter last time we played them. I think they made five 3’s the first time.

“Today we ran a very tempo offensive with a bunch of passes and played our game.”

Jon Hogg led the Wolves (6-14) with 11 points.



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