Lindbergh boys battling their way to title

By STEPHEN GLOVER

As the 2006-2007 season comes to a close in the next few weeks, the Lindbergh High School boys’ basketball team is battling its way to a Suburban West Conference championship.

The Flyers (10-5, 5-0 Suburban West) took another step toward wrapping up the conference championship last week with a 48-45 win at Marquette.

“It’s been one huge win after another for us lately,” Lindbergh head coach Jason Wolfard told the Call. “To win at Marquette, who was 11-4 and could have knocked us off for a share of the conference championship, was huge for us.”

Lindbergh fell behind 16-10 after the first quarter Jan. 16 before storming back in the second quarter to take a 26-25 lead.

“We came out and knew that they would be charged up for us,” Wolfard said. “Marquette’s (Tom) Ahlborn just couldn’t miss a shot, but in the second quarter, I thought that we played with a lot more emotion.”

Lindbergh’s Robert Williams racked up 17 points and two rebounds. Williams was devastating from three-point range as he nailed five shots for 15 of his points. The senior guard also recorded two rebounds, two assists and one steal in the win.

“Robert was pretty impressive,” Wolfard said. “In the last two games, he’s shooting with more confidence and really attacking the rim.”

Wolfard believes senior forward Tyler Kiel was the deciding factor in the win.

Kiel may have only scored four points and five rebounds, but it was his defensive showing against Andy Rosburg that was a show-stopper. Rosburg’s averaging 12.8 points a game this season.

“Tyler did an amazing job on Andy Rosburg,” Wolfard said. “I can’t say enough about his effort on defense.”

The Flyers are back in action today — Jan. 25 — when they compete in the Jenks, Okla., Invitational for the third straight year.

The tournament once again will be a tough affair for the Flyers as it features three teams ranked in the top 10 in Oklahoma. Host Jenks is ranked No. 1 while Union High School of Tulsa is ranked No. 2. East Central High School of Tulsa is ranked No. 7 and will face the Flyers at 8:30 p.m.