Lindbergh boys’ basketball team defeats Fox High Warriors 57-37

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After suffering a disappointing 58-50 loss at Parkway West early last week, the Lindbergh High boys’ basketball team knew that Friday night’s game at Fox was a critical point in the Flyers’ quest for a Su-burban West Conference Championship.

The Flyers (14-8, 5-0 Suburban West) stayed atop the conference standings with a 57-37 win over the Fox Warriors.

“Going into the Fox game, we knew that we had to win it in order to stay on top of the conference standings,” Flyers head coach Jason Wolfard told the Call. “The game was close after the first quarter, but then we ended up pulling away in the second quarter.”

Fox actually held a 10-9 lead after the first quarter before Lindbergh pulled away with a 31-18 lead at halftime. Lindbergh went on to rack up 26 points in the second half of play en route to win.

Lindbergh’s Robert Williams led all scorers with an 18-point performance that in-cluded three rebounds and three assists. The junior point guard leads the Suburban West Conference in three-point shots made with 16 and is third in the conference in scoring with 16 points per game.

“Right now, Robert is playing with a lot of confidence,” Wolfard said. “He’s really starting to learn how to play the game with his teammates.”

Lindbergh forward Tyler Kiel also scored in double figures for Lindbergh as he racked up 14 points and seven rebounds.

The junior also recorded six assists, five steals and one blocked shot in the win over Fox.

“Friday night was the same consistent effort that we’ve been getting on both sides of the ball from Tyler,” Wolfard said. “I can’t think of a game here lately where he hasn’t played really strong for us.”

After facing Parkway South at home Tuesday — after the Call went to press — the Flyers are back on the court Friday when they travel to Marquette for a key conference meeting with the Mustangs.

Marquette is 12-8 overall with a 2-3 mark in conference play. The Mustangs are coming off a solid 57-40 win over Mehlville Friday night.

“Marquette’s a very well-coached group that gets at you and plays very hard,” Wol-fard said. “This is going to be a big week for us because if we can get through these two games, it will be a big boost for us.”

Friday’s game will begin at 7 p.m.