Lyman, Enochs get to work
Liam Lyman and Justin Enochs played so well together Wednesday night, they probably could have found each other in the dark.
The Benet seniors seemed to have eyes in the back of their heads, with every pass right on the money.
Lyman scored a game-high 21 points to go with 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Enochs had 11 points and 8 assists, most of which went to Lyman, and that helped the Redwings turn out the lights on Marian Catholic in a 62-55 East Suburban Catholic Conference boys basketball game in Lisle.
"We've played a lot with each other over the past couple of years," Lyman said. "We know each other pretty well. All we did was draw the defenders and find each other in open spots."
Lyman, a 6-foot-4 forward, sank three of Benet's eight 3-pointers, while the 5-11 Enochs made two 3s. The Redwings (22-6, 6-3) played their disciplined motion offense to perfection, registering 14 assists on 23 baskets and shooting 56 percent from the floor while committing only 9 turnovers.
"I thought we played well," Lyman said. "We haven't been playing that great our last couple conference games, but we've been practicing all week and it showed today."
Enochs, who leads the team in assists, is the facilitator.
"Justin is a great passer," Lyman said. "He always shows it every day in practice and out on the floor. He's really comfortable sharing the ball and finding us in open spots."
Marian Catholic (15-11, 6-3) led 12-5 before Benet coach Gene Heidkamp called time out.
"Coach was just telling us to stay poised," Lyman said. "We weren't really competing at the beginning.
"We lost a loose ball that four of us should have had to give them an easy layup. He just told us to buckle down and start playing."
The Redwings did just that, scoring 12 straight points. Lyman tallied the first 5 and then reserve David Buh scored 5 more sandwiched around an Enochs jumper.
But the Spartans rallied from an 8-point deficit to take a 33-32 lead on Sean Taylor's 3-pointer early in the third quarter.
That's when the passing show really got started. The Redwings registered assists on six straight baskets.
Jack Nolan, who had 15 points, got it started by draining a 3 off a feed from Ryan Liszka, who scored the next two baskets on assists from Lyman and Enochs. Liszka then set up an Enochs 3 and Enochs found Liszka and Lyman for baskets to give Benet a 46-36 lead after three quarters.
"It's easy when these guys are open and knocking down shots," Enochs said. "They're good shooters, so it's easy to do it when they're open."
Taylor had 15 points and Chase Adams 13 to lead Marian, which got no closer than 5 points in the fourth quarter.
"I thought we played pretty well," Heidkamp said. "Something we emphasized this week is to move the ball a little bit more and play a little bit better defense and I thought we accomplished both, so that was really positive."