SOUTH HOLLAND | By most standards, the last of Donzel Vinson's five 3-point baskets Friday was from way, way outside.
But Vinson, one of a squadron of gunners for Times No. 2 Thornwood, doesn't think in terms of those standards.
"When I had 17 to get to 20?" he asked. "Yeah, that was pretty deep."
At perhaps 27 feet, was it on the edge of his range?
"I don't really have a range," he said. "When I start hitting them, I hit them from anywhere."
And the Thunderbirds, extending a brilliant season with a 75-48, SouthWest Suburban Red win over Andrew, are developing a knack for finding the hot hand.
"We've got a lot of shooters," Vinson said. "My teammates were encouraging me to shoot.
"After I hit the first one, (the rim) started looking real big. It's just hard for me to start missing."
Vinson hit four 3-pointers in Thornwood's 24-point third quarter, which turned a one-point halftime edge for the Thunderbirds into a 15-point lead heading into the final period. He drained that 27-footer in the fourth quarter, adding a free throw with 2:09 to play to finish with a game-high 21 points.
Vinson finished 7-of-10 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, to spearhead a great shooting night for the Thunderbirds (18-6, 11-0). Combined, Thornwood shot 29-of-47 (62 percent) from the floor and 11-of-24 (46 percent) from 3-point range.
Brian Thomas (10 points) and Chelby Frazier (10 points) each had two treys. On the inside, Kenneth Bates had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting while adding a game-high 10 rebounds.
Andrew (4-17, 1-10) was led by Aaron Williams' 16 points.
The Thunderbolts stayed with the hosts throughout the first half, finding a lot of easy buckets on a variety of back-door cuts. Thornwood tightened the screws in the second half.
"It seems like we kind of wait," coach Paul Slavich said. "We want to see what the other team's all about. We tell them to give us four quarters instead of two.
"We kind of chewed on them a little bit at halftime."
In the third quarter, Thornwood made nine of its 11 shots, including 6-of-9 3-pointers. From a 31-all tie, the Thurnderbirds went on a 13-3 run, and after Andrew halted that with a trey of its own, Thornwood closed out the quarter with three more from beyond the arc.
"We tell our guys if they have open looks, they have the green light to shoot," Slavich said.