Boys basketball: Krempa leads Lions over Lawmen

Foran High junior guard Matt Krempa connected on 7-of-9 shots from three-point range on Thursday night when the Lions defeated cross-city rival Jonathan Law, 57-47.

During one stretch, Krempa made four straight threes, including one near the end of the third quarter after Law had challenged and closed the gap to 32-31.

Up, 35-31 heading into the final eight minutes, Foran outscored Law 22-16 steadily opening up a gap to win by 10.

Law, down 23-17 at the half, pulled within 32-29 on a jumper by Evan Carollo with 2:40 left in the third before a pair of converted free throws by Carollo, made it a one-point game.

Krempa led the Lions (5-12) with 21 points. Junior center Zach Tavitian added 18 points and had eight rebounds. Carollo paced 0-17 Law with 14 points.

“Matt isn’t afraid to shoot the ball and we’re not afraid of getting it to him,” said Foran coach Tim Swaller. “I liked the way we played in the fourth quarter with lots of energy and composure. We were able to increase the tempo and pull away in what is always a hard-fought game.”

“Krempa made the difference for them,” said Law coach Tim Dooley. “We were concerned about stopping their big guys (Tavitian and Jordan Townsend) in the paint. We packed it in at times on defense and when Krempa got open, he made the shots. Our kids are frustrated, but they’ve never stopped trying. We got back in this one.”