By Patrick McGavin
Tim Williams knew it was time to reverse the tide. After Von Steuben narrowed a 16-point deficit to nine late in the third quarter, Williams got his chance. The Homewood-Flossmoor 6-7 senior threw down a dunk in traffic that restored the Vikings inside dominance.Closing out the third quarter in style, the play ignited a 8-0 Homewood-Flossmoor run at the start of the fourth quarter the No. 16 Vikings rode to the 58-36 victory in the first-round of the Proviso West Holiday tournament Tuesday in Hillside.Homewood-Flossmoor advances to meet New Trier in Wednesdays quarterfinals.Williams produced game-high totals of 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Vikings (8-2).I saw that they were making their little run, and I knew I had to do something to get us pumped up and back into the game, Williams said. That dunk got us started again.Williams stayed hot at the start of the fourth quarter, opening the period with two free throws and a putback. His excitement at returning to Proviso West was clear after he missed last years tournament with a broken ankle.I was very happy to be back and I just happy to make plays, especially since this is my senior year, he said.Williams play helped balloon the lead to 48-29, effectively ending the game. Homewood-Flossmoors size and length suffocated Von Steuben (4-3) to start the game as they jumped out to a 14-3 advantage. The Panthers shot 1-12 in the first quarter and scored only on Demetrius Faulkners three-point play at the 2:38 mark.Delvon Rencher scored 13 point for the Vikings. We knew we had the size advantage and we had to use that, he said. Having Tim back at the tournament is huge, because you see, he really impacts the game. Reserve swingman Willie Lipsey added seven points for the Vikings.Senior guard Jalen Delaney was the only consistent Von Steuben offensive threat who scored 15 points. Deqon Horn added eight points.Their length and size gave us a lot of problems, Von Steuben coach Vince Carter said. We had some pretty good shots but they bothered us with their size. Guard for guard, we were able to play with them but our big kids dont have the experience or skill to play against that kind of size.Coming off last years overtime championship loss to Benet, the Vikings are trying to advance to the finals for the fourth time in the last eight years. For the seniors, this is the last time were together and weve progressed each year and hopefully go farther than last year, Rencher said.