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La Salle-Peru junior Noah Lamboley (No. 30) drives past Streator’s Tyler Berta during the Cavaliers’ 80-51 victory in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division game Saturday in Streator. NewsTribune photo/Anthony Soufflé
La Salle-Peru senior Jens Soderholm (No. 31) looks to pass as he is defended by a pair of Streator players Saturday during the Cavaliers’ 80-51 victory in Streator. Soderholm scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. NewsTribune photo/Anthony Soufflé
STREATOR — Cam Hight and Noah Lamboley provided the spark, and the La Salle-Peru boys basketball team caught fire.
The pair of Cavalier senior guards combined for five 3-pointers as part of L-P’s 28-point third quarter outburst to help fuel a 80-51 win over Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division foe Streator on Saturday at Pops Dale Gymnasium.
Hight extended a nine-point L-P halftime lead into double digits with his first of two third-quarter 3-pointers to set the stage for the Cavs’ rally and finished with eight points in the frame.
Lamboley added 11 points in the quarter with a basket and a trio of treys — including a long ball at the buzzer that gave L-P a 61-38 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“The second half is where we’re playing well right now. When we’re running the floor and sharing the basketball like a team can do, we’re tough to beat right now,” L-P coach Jim Cherveny said.
L-P senior forward Jens Soderholm made sure the Cavaliers did not falter down the stretch with 10 fourth-quarter points, including a perfect 6-for-6 showing from the foul stripe.
The senior standout finished with a game-high 24 points off six field goals and 12-of-17 shooting from the free throw line and hauled in a game-best 14 rebounds for the double-double.
The Cavaliers (4-2, 2-0 NIB 12 West) finished a robust 26-of-35 (74 percent) from the foul line in the contest as Streator (2-5, 0-2) was whistled for 27 fouls.
“That’s one of our strong suits. We shoot a lot of free throws and we shot about 75 percent tonight, which is pretty good,” Cherveny said. “As long as other teams are in foul trouble it’s to our benefit.
Lamboley finished with 20 points, including five 3-pointers for L-P, while Hight added 17 points with four treys.
Tyler Berta was the lone Bulldog in double figures with 12 points.
“We’ve got to get better. That’s a recurring theme. That’s a better team than us right now and we’ve got to get to that level,” Streator coach Beau Doty said. “They really started moving the ball a lot better (in the third quarter) and a couple times we didn’t quite get out and contest their shooters and they have guys like Lamboley that can pull up from college range and beyond. I thought they got a lot of rhythm shots in the flow of their offense and they did a really good job of hitting those.”
Cherveney, whose squad led 14-8 after the first quarter and 33-24 at half, said he was happy with how the Cavaliers have been playing.
“Our guys have a lot of confidence and we’re just going to keep plugging away. They’ve put a lot of time and dedication into this and it’s paying off right now.”
Chris Yucus can be reached at 220-6995 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsChris.
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