Boys basketball: Balanced effort helps Foran turn aside Law

The Foran High boys basketball team had four players hit double figures, leading the Lions to a 60-54 triumph over Jonathan Law on Thursday at Fraser Gymnasium an SCC Quinnipiac contest.

J.T. Lanese paced Foran with 16 points, Matt Krempa had 14 and Brett Huber and Zach Tavitian netted 10 markers apiece to give Foran head coach Ian Kirkpatrick his first win at the helm for the Lions (1-1).

“We have a lot to improve on,” Kirkpatrick said. “The guys know that but we will get better.”

Krempa rattled home a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 1:11 left, snapping a 54-all deadlock to give Foran the lead for good.

“The turning point was, with the game on the line, Matt Krempa stepped up,” Kirkpatrick said.

Foran trailed by 10 points late in the second quarter following five straight points from Law’s Conor Creane, but took the lead with a 10-0 burst to open the third quarter.

Krempa’s 3-pointer from the right corner capped a run of seven straight Lion points after a Diontae Eady three-point play, staking Foran to a 44-35 edge with 1:09 left in the third quarter.

Law (0-2) answered with a 19-10 run of its own to tie the game at 54 with 1:34 left, following back-to-back baskets by Creane. Krempa countered with the game-winning 3-pointer, as Creane missed a long-range jumper on the ensuing Lawmen possession.

From there, Foran made 3-of-6 from the line to seal its first win of the season

“We missed some opportunities,” Law head coach Tim Dooley said. “Defensively, the gaps started opening up and they took advantage, turned it into a layup line… We have some things to work on defensively, but we couldn’t capitalize.”

The Lions second-half surge started with Tavitian down low — both offensively and defensively.

“Zach stepped up,” Kirkpatrick said.

The senior center scored eight points over the final two quarters, while finding his teammates with passes over the top for easy baskets.

“He’s a load,” Dooley said. “He’s going to be a good player.”

Eady, a freshman, also impressed. He notched all 10 of his points in the second half, after checking into the game in the third quarter.

“We’ve seen him progress in practice,” Dooley said. “We kept him in our back pocket and saw an opportunity to get him in the game for a spark. He brought it, he carried us back and we’ll see if we can ride him a little longer next time.”

Creane netted a team-high 18 points for the Lawmen, while Dean Pettway added 10.

Law was looking for its first win in the series since the 2009-10 season. Its next chance will come on Feb. 13 at Richetelli Gymnasium when the teams square off at 5:15 p.m.

“It’s never dull,” Dooley said of the rivalry. “We’re going to get one one of these days.”