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WHITING —Bishop Noll found its surge in the second quarter, and Roosevelt found its rhythm in the second half as both teams advanced at the Class 2A sectional.

Bishop Noll defeated River Forest 68-61 in the first game of the night at Whiting and Roosevelt defeated Lake Station 67-50.

The Warriors' win came in a game completely back-and-fourth until two mintues left in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Higgins led River Forest to a first-quarter, 13-12 lead with five quick points off the bench.

Brandon Scott of Bishop Noll would answer back with an impressive 15-point second quarter giving the Warriors a 36-34 lead headed into halftime.

Scott finished with 24 points and thanked his teammates for the opportunities to score.

"My team believed in me and let me make plays happen. My team trusted me with the ball," Scott said.

More of the same continued until a 10-2 run by Bishop Noll late in the fourth closed it out.

Bishop Noll switched its defense throughout the night from man-to-man, to a 1-3-1 zone, to a box-in-one in the fourth quarter designed to stop the Ingots' Jordan Higgins.

"We run everything," Bishop Noll coach Josh Belloumini said. "That's kinda how we have been the last five years. Just mixing it up defensively to keep them on their toes."

Higgins finished with 26 points.

Scott and Belloumini said going forward to advance the Warriors have to rebound and box out to continue to advance.

"Whiting played us really tough last game. We know we're going to be in for a fight," Belloumini said.

Bishop Noll defeated Whiting the last three times they met in sectional play and by four points on Jan. 20 during this regular season.

In the second game of the double header, Roosevelt's Latrell Williams set the tone early with his hustle on the offensive glass and Lake Station didn't have an answer.

After nine lead changes in the first half, the second half was all Roosevelt.

The Panthers expanded their lead to nine at one point in the third quarter and then scored 25 points in the fourth.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Marquise Smith to start the fourth quarter took any energy left in the arena in favor of Lake Station.

Four Roosevelt players finished the game with double-digit points and Williams led the way with 20.

Senior guard Dante Long ended with 16 points for the Eagles in the tough loss.

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