An upset was in the making.
At least, Glenbrook North, seeded No. 18 in the Class 4A Libertyville Regional, toyed with that idea against No. 2 Notre Dame on Feb. 28.
But ultimately, the upset bid came up short as Notre Dame survived 62-56.
The Spartans, who completed the season with a 13-15 record, were led by senior guard James Karis (20 points, 5 assists).
The squad also received strong efforts from junior Kellen Witherell (12 ponts, 4 rebounds), senior Tommy Gertner (8 points, 3 rebounds), junior Sean Merrigan (6 points, 4 rebounds), junior Max Knebelkamp (5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals) and junior Evan Barnes (5 points, 2 rebounds).
Maine West Regional Semifinal: Stevenson 64, LF 35
Going into this Class 4A regional semifinal game at Maine West, Stevenson had been a thorn in Lake Forest’s side.
The Scouts (12-16, 7-7) fell to Stevenson for the third time this season on Feb. 28. And, once again, it wasn’t close: Patriots 64, Scouts 35.
Brian Stickler led LF with 10 points and two rebounds.
The team’s other stat leaders were Justin McMahon (8 points), Jed Thomas (6 points, 2 assists) and Reed Thomas (4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists).
On Dec. 16, Stevenson beat LF 50-30. Then, on Feb. 4, the Patriots won a 56-34 decision in the LF gymnasium.
Zion-Benton Regional Semifinal: NT 50, Zion-Benton 48
** See Recap.
Maine West Regional Semifinal:
Zion-Benton Regional Semifinal: LA 43, HP 36
** See Recap.
Zion-Benton Regional: HP 76, Taft 51
— Highland Park advanced to the semifinal round of the Class 4A Zion-Benton Regional by downing Taft 76-51 on Feb. 28.
Jack Zeidler led the Giants (15-13) in scoring with 15 points.
Ziv Tal (14 points) and Sam Goshen (14 points) were the team’s other offensive leaders.
Zion-Benton Regional Quarterfinal: NT 47, Lakes 35
— New Trier opened the state playoffs in fine fashion.
The Trevians (13-13) topped Lakes 47-35 in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A Zion-Benton Regional on Feb. 27.
Junior point guard Andrew Kirkpatrick paced the NT offense with 21 points.
Maine West Regional Quarterfinal: LF 59, Mather 52
** See Gamer.
Maine West Regional Quarterfinal: Maine West 70, GBS 47
** See Gamer.
Libertyville Regional Quarterfinal: GBN 48, Libertyville 47
— Glenbrook North kept its postseason hopes alive by edging host Libertyville 48-47 in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal on Feb. 27.
Schurz 63, Highland Park 61 (OT)
— Despite a strong outing by Kobe Mandell, Highland Park dropped an overtime game to host Schurz 63-61 on Feb. 23.
Mandell, a senior guard, tallied a team-high 19 points. He was 5-for-9 from beyond the arc.
The Giants (14-13) also received solid games from Jack Zeidler (16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) and Sam Goshen (13 points, 2 steals).
Waukegan 55, Lake Forest 47
— Lake Forest capped off its regular season with a 55-47 setback at Waukegan on Feb. 22.
Senior guard Justin McMahon led the Scouts (11-15, 7-7) with a 17-point effort. He also had three assists and three rebounds.
LF’s other stat leaders were Reed Thomas (8 points), Mead Payne (7 points, 3 rebounds), Connor Hanekamp (7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and Brian Stickler (5 points, 6 rebounds).
Glenbrook North 60, Niles West 58
— Led by James Karis, Kellen Witherell and Tommy Gertner, Glenbrook North wrapped its regular season with a 60-58 victory at Niles West on Feb. 21.
The win improved GBN’s record to 12-14.
Karis paced the attack with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Witherell wound up with 13 points and four rebounds.
Gertner had 10 points and two rebounds.
And Max Knebelkamp and Luke Amen had seven points apiece.
Glenbrook South 74, Vernon Hills 63
— Glenbrook South ended the regular season on a positive note.
The Titans (9-17) snapped a seven-game losing streak by downing visiting Vernon Hills 74-63 on Feb. 21.
Matt Giannakopoulos (16 points), Dom Martinelli (13 points), Gavin Morse (11 points) and Jacob Elgazar (nine points) paced GBS.
Loyola 68, Steinmetz 35
— Loyola Academy picked up win No. 20 on Feb. 21, when it took care of visiting Steinmetz 68-35.
The 20-8 Ramblers were led by Kris Lampley (10 points), Jimmy Alexopoulos (9 points), Matt Sechman (7 points), Tony Reyes (6 points), Ted Falkenhayn (6 points), Jack Martinus (6 points), Julian DeGuzman (6 points) and Kai Khasu (5 points).
Highland Park 46, New Trier 43
** See Gamer.
Loyola returned to its winning ways by downing visiting Brother Rice in the third-place game of the Chicago Catholic League Tournament on Feb. 17.
It was LA’s 19th win of the season.
Ramar Evans led the Ramblers (19-8) with 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The other stat leaders were Matt Sechman (6 points, 5 rebounds), Jimmy Alexopoulos (6 points), Julian DeGuzman (6 points) and Matt Lynch (6 points, 4 assists).
St. Viator 57, New Trier 49
— New Trier came up short in its matinee game on Feb. 18, falling to visiting St. Viator 57-49.
The Trevians (12-12, 5-5) were led in scoring by Andrew Kirkpatrick (13 points) and Griffin Ryan (11 points).
Highland Park 62, Maine East 48
— The Giants did it right.
Playing its final game in the school’s exhibition gym, Highland Park came away with a decisive 62-48 victory over visiting Maine East on Feb. 17.
The Giants will move into their brand-new gym next season.
Ziv Tal continues to be one of the area’s best scorers. The junior guard tossed in 32 points.
Teammate Jack Zeidler had 12 points.
With the win, HP improved to 13-12 overall and 7-3 in the CSL North.
Glenbrook North 63, Vernon Hills 49
— Glenbrook North needed this one.
The Spartans (11-14, 4-6) snapped a five-game losing streak with a 63-49 victory at Vernon Hills on Feb. 17.
Kellen Witherell paced the GBN attack with 17 points. He added four rebounds.
James Karis finished the game with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Tommy Gertner had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Nick Sardarov also helped the GBN cause with nine points and five rebounds.
Niles North 76, Glenbrook South 70 (OT)
— Matt Giannakopoulos tallied 21 points in Glenbrook South overtime loss to visiting Niles North on Feb. 17.
The Titans (8-17, 1-9) also received 18 points from George Arvanitis and 15 points from Chase Thomas.
Lake Forest 69, Mundelein 49
— Lake Forest took down visiting Mundelein 69-49 on Feb. 17 to win its fourth straight game in the North Suburban Conference.
The Scouts (11-14, 7-6) were led by Justin McMahon (17 points) and Brian Stickler (10 points).
New Trier 56, Niles West 48
— New Trier completed play in the CSL South by downing visiting Niles West 56-48 on Feb. 17.
The win left the Trevians at the .500 mark (5-5) in league play.
Chicago Catholic League Tournament: Fenwick 49, LA 47
— Loyola came up just shy against host Fenwick in the semifinals of the Chicago Catholic League Tournament on Feb. 15. The Ramblers lost the game 49-47.
Nonetheless, the night was a memorable one for Ramar Evans. The senior guard reached a milestone (1,000 career points) with his 23-point performance. He added eight rebounds.
The Ramblers (18-8) also received solid play from Matt Sechman (7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists), Matt Lynch (6 points), Kai Khasu (6 points) and Kevin Cunningham (3 steals).
Lake Forest 68, Zion-Benton 63
— Lake Forest’s record might not be sparkling. But the Scouts (10-14, 6-6) have earned some nice wins this winter.
Paced by Brian Sticker (16 points, 3 rebounds), Reed Thomas (12 points, 3 rebounds), Connor Hanekamp (11 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds) and Justin McMahon (8 points), LF topped host Zion-Benton 68-63 on Feb. 14.
The Zee-Bees (18-9) are one of the area’s most competitive teams.
Earlier this season, the Scouts scored wins against Waukegan (15-8) and Lake Zurich (17-9).
Chicago Catholic League Tournament: LA 39, Leo 28
— Loyola advanced to the semifinal round of the Chicago Catholic League Tournament with a 39-28 victory over Leo on Feb. 12 at Fenwick High School.
The Ramblers (18-7) were led by Ramar Evans (15 points, 5 rebounds), Kevin Cunningham (8 points), Matt Sechman (7 points) and Matt Lynch (4 assists).
Chicago Catholic League Tournament: LA 41, Providence Catholic 32
— A strong defensive effort sparked Loyola to a 41-32 win over Providence Catholic in a first-round game in the Chicago Catholic League Tournament on Feb. 11.
LA improved to 17-7 overall. The stat leaders were Ramar Evans (11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists), Jimmy Alexopoulos (9 points), Kris Lampley (8 points), Matt Lynch (6 points) and Kevin Cunningham (6 assists, 4 rebounds).
Lake Forest Academy 68, Glenbrook South 43
— Lake Forest Academy wrapped up its 2016-17 season by downing visiting Glenbrook South 68-43 on Feb. 11
The Caxys (17-6) were led by Chris Harris (20 points), Matey Juric (18) and Vaso Vukmanovic (12).
GBS’s record slid to 8-16.
Horseshoe Shootout: Fremd 51, Lake Forest 33
— Lake Forest had a chance to knock Fremd out of the unbeaten ranks.
But the Scouts (9-14, 5-6) fell short in that endeavor in the 2nd Annual Horseshoe Shootout at Deerfield on Feb. 11. They lost the game 51-33.
Horseshoe Shootout: Lake Zurich 51, Highland Park 48
— Lake Zurich (17-8) overcame a five-point deficit down the stretch and wound up beating Highland Park 51-48 in the 2nd Annual Horseshoe Shootout on Feb. 11 at Deerfield High School.
Ziv Tal had 19 points and two steals for the Giants (12-12). Jack Zeidler finished with 18 points, five rebounds and two assists. Other stat leaders were Noah Shutan (4 steals, 4 assists), Tyler Gussis (3 steals) and Daniel Michelon (4 points, 3 assists).
New Trier 54, Maine South 41
— Don’t forget about this team.
New Trier has yet to break out this season. But the Trevians took a step in the right direction on Feb. 11, when they took down visiting Maine South 54-41.
Senior guard Aaron Peltz made six three-pointers on his way to a team-high 23 points. Junior guard Andrew Kirkpatrick had 17 points for the Trevians (11-11, 4-5).
Maine South 43, New Trier 40
— New Trier came up just short at Maine South, 43-40, on Feb. 10.
The Trevians (10-11, 3-5) had two players score in double digits: Andrew Kirkpatrick (12 points) and Spencer Boehm (10).
Lake Forest 61, Lake Zurich 53
— Brian Stickler continues to … stick out.
The senior forward pumped in a team-high 20 points in Lake Forest’s 61-53 victory visiting Lake Zurich on Feb. 10. Stickler went 6-for-7 from the field with one three-pointer and 7-for-8 from the foul line. He also led the Scouts (9-13, 5-6) in rebounds (5) and blocks (2).
Four days earlier, he had a team-high 17 points win over Libertyville.
Senior guard Justin McMahon also had good outing against LZ. He scored 15 points. He was 7-for-8 from the charity stripe, while he went 3-for-5 from the field with two three-pointers.
LF’s other state leaders were Mead Payne (8 points), Reed Thomas (6 points, 2 assists), Connor Hanekamp (5 points, 3 rebounds) and Jed Thomas (4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists).
Maine West 58, Highland Park 44
** See Gamer.
Evanston 84, Glenbrook South 49
— Visiting Evanston remained unbeaten in the CSL South with an 84-49 victory over Glenbrook South on Feb. 10.
GBS slipped to 8-15 on the season.
Maine East 62, Glenbrook North 57
— Glenbrook North lost its Senior Night game to visiting Maine East 62-57 on Feb. 10.
The Spartans (10-14, 3-6), who have lost five straight games, were led by James Karis (13 points, 4 assists, 4 steals), Max Knebelkamp (12 points, 5 rebounds), Tommy Gertner (9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) and Brandon Bayzaee (6 points, 3 steals).
Lake Forest 53, Libertyville 43
— Brian Stickler turned in one of his best performances of the season on Feb. 7, when Lake Forest topped host Libertyville 53-43.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Scouts (8-13, 4-6).
Stickler, a junior forward, tallied a team-high 17 points to go along with seven rebounds.
The team’s other stat leaders were Reed Thomas (8 points), Mead Payne (8 points, 4 rebounds), Michael Bogdanowicz (6 points), Sean Tryka (5 points, 3 rebounds), Jed Thomas (4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals) and Justin McMahon (4 points, 2 assists, 2 steals).
St. Rita 50, Loyola 49
— Ramar Evans, who was named to the Chicago Catholic League all-star team, came up with 23 points, five rebounds and four assists in Loyola’s 50-49 setback to visiting St. Rita on Feb. 7.
Julian DeGuzman finished the contest with 12 points.
DeGuzman and junior guard Kevin Cunningham were named to the CCL North Division all-star team.
Hersey 65, Glenbrook South 62
— Close again.
Glenbrook South came up just short on Feb. 7, when it lost 65-62 to visiting Hersey.
Three players scored in double figures for the Titans (8-14, 1-7): Jimmy McMahon (16), Dom Martinelli (14) and Jacob Elgazar (13).
GBS, who has lost four straight, have been competitive as of late. The Titans lost by six points to Niles West on Feb. 3 and then by two points to Lane Tech on Feb. 4.
Fremd 53, Glenbrook North 44
— Glenbrook North went for the upset on Feb. 7, but it never materialized.
Despite a strong outing, the Spartans (10-13, 3-5) fell to visiting Fremd 53-44.
The Vikings kept their unbeaten record intact. They are now 22-0 on the season.
GBN sustained its fourth loss in a row.
The Spartans were led by Kellen Witherell (17 points) and James Karis (14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists).
Stevenson 56, Lake Forest 34
— Scoring continues to be an issue for Lake Forest.
The Scouts, who managed just 10 points in the first half, dropped a 56-34 decision to visiting Stevenson on Feb. 4.
At the same time, good defense kept Lake Forest in the game. Following a three-pointer by Brian Stickler, the Scouts were down only seven points, 22-15, with 3:08 left in the third quarter.
“Our guys played hard, especially defensively,” said LF head coach Phil LaScala. “We held them to 20 points in the first half. You can’t defend much better than that, especially against a team like Stevenson.”
The Patriots, who are 16-4 overall and 8-1 in the North Suburban Conference, eventually broke through on the offensive end. They put together a 25-point fourth quarter.
Indiana University recruit Justin Smith, who didn’t start the game, tallied nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. His night included a pair of emphatic one-handed dunks.
Smith’s stuffs were eye-popping. But it was Willie Herenton who did the most damage. The senior guard led all scorers with 21 points. He had 10 points in the first half and 11 in the second half.
Senior guard Justin McMahon led the Scouts (7-13, 3-6) with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Stickler ended up with seven points and three rebounds.
Buffalo Grove 51, Highland Park 42
— A trap game?
Less than 24 hours after winning an emotional game over rival Deerfield — and riding a four-game win streak — Highland Park traveled to Buffalo Grove and fell 51-42 on Feb. 4.
Ziv Tal scored 20 points and had five steals for the Giants (12-10, 6-2). He was 4-for-8 from three-point range.
HP’s Jack Zeidler had seven points.
Lane Tech 44, Glenbrook South 42
— Glenbrook South came up just short in a road game at Lane Tech 44-42 on Feb. 4. With the loss, the Titans slipped to 8-13 overall.
Lake Forest Academy 83, St. Anne 33
— No contest.
Lake Forest Academy toppled visiting St. Anne 83-33 on Feb. 4.
LFA was led by Chris Harris (17 points), Vaso Vukmanovic (16 points) and Ben Canady (13 points).
Loyola 67, Marmion Academy 50
— Loyola didn’t waste any time returning to winning form.
The Ramblers (16-6, 7-2), who saw their 10-game win get snapped against Fenwick on Jan. 31, went on the road on Feb. 3 and defeated Marmion Academy 67-50.
Four LA players finished in double figures: Kevin Cunningham (14 points), Matt Lynch (12), Kai Khasu (10) and Julian DeGuzman (10). The leading rebounders were DeGuzman (7) and Matt Sechman (6). Cunningham and Ramar Evans were credited with four assists each.
Evanston 65, New Trier 33
— Evanston kept its CSL South record unblemished (8-0) by topping visiting New Trier 65-33.
Junior point guard Andrew Kirkpatrick had eight points for the Trevians (10-10, 3-4).
The 19-3 Wildkits were led by Nojel Eastern (15 points).
Highland Park 46, Deerfield 33
** See Recap.
Maine West 51, Glenbrook North 48
** See Gamer.
Niles West 52, Glenbrook South 46
— A win was there for the taking.
But it didn’t happen for Glenbrook South on Feb. 3. Despite having leads at the end of the first, second and third quarters, the Titans fell to host Niles West 52-46.
GBS (8-12, 1-7) was led in scoring by Matt Giannakopoulos (17 points) and Jimmy McMahon (13 points).
Fenwick 46, Loyola 37
** See Recap.
Prospect 54, Glenbrook North 46
— Glenbrook North played a tough team tough.
But the Spartans wound up losing to host Prospect 54-46 on Jan. 31 in nonconference action. The Knights are a 17-4 ball club.
In the loss to the Knights, GBN (10-11, 3-4) was led by Luke Amen (12 points), Sean Merrigan (10 points), James Karis (7 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds), Nick Sardarov (6 points) and Tommy Gertner (5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists).
New Trier 79, Manley 39
— New Trier got back into the win column on Jan. 30, when the Trevians blew past visiting Manley 79-39.
The 10-9 Trevians knocked down 12 three-pointers in the 40-point victory. Senior guard Aaron Peltz hit six threes on his way to a team-high 18 points.
Spencer Boehm finished the contest with 15 points, while Andrew Kirkpatrick scored all 10 of his points in the third quarter. James Connors added six points, while Ciaran Brayboy and Dylan Horvitz had five points apiece.
Niles West 48, Lake Forest 26
— Niles West jumped ahead 15-5 after one quarter and went on to defeat Lake Forest 48-26 in a shootout at Northside College Prep on Jan. 29.
The Scouts (7-12, 3-5) were led by senior guard Justin McMahon (10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals) and Connor Hanekamp (7 points). Jed Thomas led LF in rebounds (6) and assists (2).
Highland Park 49, Lemont 48
— Highland Park coach Paul Harris must’ve come up with some kind of halftime speech.
His Giants went into halftime at the Lincoln-Way West Shootout on Jan. 28 trailing Lemont 30-8.
Talk about swapping an L for a W. The Giants (11-9) rallied to win the game 49-48.
Ziv Tal led HP with 19 points, four assists and three steals. The junior guard made five three-pointers.
Jack Zeidler and Daniel Michelon also finished in double digits, scoring 13 and 11 points respectively. Zeidler led the team in rebounds (4), while Michelon added three assists. Nine of Michelon’s 11 points came via the three ball.
War on the Shore
— It just keeps getting better for Loyola.
The Ramblers took down St. Patrick 69-60 in a War on the Shore game at Evanston on Jan. 28. It was their 10th straight win.
Ramar Evans (19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) and Kevin Cunningham (18 points, 3 assists) led LA (15-5, 6-1) to the victory. Matt Lynch also helped out with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.
With the loss, St. Patrick slipped to 18-4.
New Trier also competed in the War on the Shore. The Trevians (9-9, 3-3) dropped a 63-49 decision to a highly touted Jacobs squad, which improved to 18-1.
NT was led in scoring by Spencer Boehm (11 points). The team’s other scoring leaders were Aaron Peltz (9 points), Andrew Kirkpatrick (7), Ciaran Brayboy (7) and Dylan Horvitz (7).
Lake Forest Academy 71, Galesburg 57
— Chris Harris tallied 21 points to lead Lake Forest Academy past host Galesburg 71-57 on Jan. 28.
Ben Canady and Matey Juric scored 13 points each.
Highland Park 63, Glenbrook North 59
— Paced by Ziv Tal, Noah Shutan and Daniel Michelon, Highland Park completed its two-game CSL North sweep over visiting Glenbrook North on Jan. 27.
The Giants improved to 5-2 in league play with a tight 63-59 victory over GBN (10-10, 3-4).
Tal led all scorers with 26 points. Shutan tallied 15 points, while Michelon finished with 12 points.
The Spartans received solid play from James Karis (16 points, 3 assists), Brandon Bayzaee (13 points), Tommy Gertner (9 points, 6 rebounds) and Kellen Witherell (9 points).
Maine South 56, Glenbrook South 44
— Matt Giannakopoulos tossed in a team-high 17 points in Glenbrook South’s 56-44 setback to visiting Maine South on Jan. 27.
Jimmy McMahon added 12 points for the Titans (8-11, 1-6).
Loyola 47, St. Ignatius 36
— It was a good night for the host team.
Loyola not only beat visiting St. Ignatius 47-36 on Jan. 27 to extend its win streak to nine games, but the Ramblers also seized the coveted Jesuit Cup.
The Ramblers secured the win with some dynamic defense. St. Ignatius was limited to 11 points in the second half.
LA’s stat leaders were Ramar Evans (15 points), Kevin Cunningham (12 points), Matt Lynch (7 points), Julian DeGuzman (10 rebounds, 3 assists) and Kris Lampley (6 rebounds).
Niles North 65, New Trier 39
— It was a tough night for New Trier.
The host Trevians dropped to 3-3 in the CSL South with a 65-39 setback to Niles North on Jan. 27.
Spencer Boehm had 11 points for NT. Jack French and Aaron Peltz had six points apiece.
Warren 49, Lake Forest 37
— Lake Forest was looking to sweep its two-game regular-season sweep against Warren.
After falling behind 27-16 at halftime, the host Scouts, who beat Warren 70-65 in three overtimes on Dec. 10, lost this one 49-37 on Jan. 27.
Justin McMahon (13 points, 3 rebounds) and Mead Payne (10 points, 3 rebounds) led the Scouts.
Lake Forest 72, Waukegan 69
— A win to build on?
Lake Forest came up with an impressive win on Jan. 25, when the host Scouts edged visiting Waukegan 72-69 in overtime.
The offense is starting to heat for Scouts (7-10, 3-4). Seventy-two points is a season high.
And they did it against a formidable opponent in Waukegan (12-7, 4-3).
Four Scouts scored in double digits: Justin McMahon (22), Connor Hanekamp (18), Brian Stickler (16) and Jed Thomas (12). McMahon was 9-for-12 from the foul line. Hanekamp made 8 of 9 from the stripe, including a pair down the stretch.
The team also shot well from three-point land: 9-14. McMahan had three threes, while Hanekamp, Thomas and Stickler came up with two each.
LF’s leading rebounders were Thomas (8), Hanekamp (6), Mead Payne (6) and Stickler (4). Payne was credited with five assists, while Thomas had three dimes.
Glenbrook North 58, Lake Forest Academy 53
— Junior Kellen Witherell turned in a 19-point effort to help Glenbrook North to a 58-53 victory over visiting Lake Forest Academy on Jan. 24.
The Spartans (10-9, 3-3) also received solid outings from Luke Amen (12 points, 4 assists), Tommy Gertner (8 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists), Evan Barnes (7 points) and Nick Sardarov (6 points, 5 rebounds).
LFA was led by senior Chris Harris. He tallied 24 points, which put him over the 1,000-point plateau (1,009) for his career.
LFA’s record is now 14-6.
Highland Park 54, Von Steubon 50
— Ziv Tal pumped in 23 points as Highland Park topped Von Steuben 54-50 in a shootout at Whitney Young High School on Jan. 21.
The win evened HP’s record to 9-9.
Tal went 8-for-15 from the field (3-7 from beyond the arc) and added three rebounds and two steals.
The Giants also were helped out by Daniel Michelon (8 points, 2 steals), Luke Zemelis (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists), Tyler Gussis (6 points, 7 rebounds) and Noah Shutan (6 points, 7 assists).
Lake Forest Academy 55, Gateway Sports Academy 37
— Chris Harris (21 points) and Ben Canady (13 points) paced Lake Forest Academy in its 55-37 victory over visiting Gateway Sports Academy on Jan. 21.
Glenbrook South 62, Palatine 58 (OT)
— Add 30 more.
Glenbrook South senior guard Matt Giannakopoulos continues to put up big scoring numbers. In a 62-58 overtime win at Palatine on Jan. 21, Matty G hit six three-pointers on his way to a game-high 30 points. He has scored 90 points in his last three games.
Teammate Chase Thomas tallied 13 points for the Titans (8-10, 1-5), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Gavin Morse had seven points in the win.
Glenbrook North 56, Marshall 50
— Glenbrook North got back on track with a 56-50 win over Marshall in RCB Memorial Shootout at Whitney Young High School on Jan. 21.
GBN improved to 9-9 on the season. The Spartans were led by Kellen Witherell (12 points, 5 rebounds), Brandon Bayzaee (11 points, 3 assists), Luke Amen (6 points, 3 assists), Evan Barnes (11 points, 3 rebounds), Sean Merrigan (5 points, 3 rebounds), Max Knebelkamp (5 points) and Tommy Gertner (4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists).
New Trier 61, Glenbrook South 44
** See Recap.
Vernon Hills 68, Highland Park 62 (2 OTs)
— Ziv Tal had another huge game.
The Highland Park junior guard tallied 28 points in his team’s double-overtime setback to host Vernon Hills 68-62 on Jan. 20. Tal’s night also included four rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Jack Zeidler of the Giants had 10 points and six rebounds. HP’s other stat leaders were Daniel Michelon (9 points, 5 assists) and Kobe Mandell (8 points, 6 rebounds).
With the loss, the Giants slipped to 4-2 in the CSL North and fell a full game behind Deerfield (5-1).
Loyola 56, St. Francis 29
— More of the same.
Loyola defeated host Wheaton St. Francis 56-29 to win its eighth straight game on Jan. 20.
The Ramblers (13-5, 5-1) were led by Kevin Cunningham (11 points), Matt Sechman (10 points, 5 rebounds), Ramar Evans (10 points), Julian DeGuzman (9 points) and Matt Lynch (9 assists, 4 rebounds).
Deerfield 49, Glenbrook North 38
— Glenbrook North was outscored 20-10 in the fourth quarter and ended up losing 49-38 to visiting Deerfield on Jan. 20.
Tommy Gertner came up with 17 points, five rebounds and two steals for the Spartans (8-9, 3-3).
GBN’s other stat leaders were James Karis (9 points, 3 assists), Kellen Witherell (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists) and Brandon Bayzaee (5 points, 2 assists).
With the loss, GBN fell two games behind Deerfield in CSL North standings.
Lake Forest Academy 78, Prairie Ridge 46
— Austin Clamage did some damage.
A lot of it.
The Lake Forest Academy senior guard hit 11 of 13 three-pointers on his way to a 39-point outburst in his team’s home win over Prairie Ridge 78-46 on Jan. 18.
“An incredible performance,” said LFA head coach Matt Vaughn.
Lake Forest 60, Mundelein 35
— Lake Forest needed this.
The Scouts snapped a three-game losing streak with a decisive 60-35 victory over visiting Mundelein on Jan. 18.
Jed Thomas led LF (6-10, 2-4) in scoring with 22 points. The junior guard also had four rebounds.
Senior guard Connor Hanekamp finished the contest with 12 points and four steals.
Mead Payne led the team in rebounding (9).
Loyola 65, Ridgewood 55
— Seven in a row.
Loyola topped visiting Ridgewood 65-55 to extend its win streak to seven games on Jan. 17. The Ramblers (15-5, 4-1) have won nine of their last 10 games.
The stat leaders against Ridgewood were Ramar Evans (22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals), Julian DeGuzman (20 points, 8 rebounds), Matt Lynch (10 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) and Kevin Cunningham (9 points).
Glenbrook North 56, Vernon Hills 47
— Four players finished in double figures as Glenbrook North claimed a 56-47 victory over visiting Vernon Hills on Jan. 13.
Junior Kellen Witherell led the way with 18 points and eight rebounds.
The Spartans (8-8, 3-2) also received solid performances from Tommy Gertner (11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists), Luke Amen (11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) and James Karis (10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals).
Zion-Benton 46, Lake Forest 43
— Once again, Lake Forest was competitive.
The Scouts (5-10, 1-4) won the fourth quarter (14-9) but lost the game (46-43), when they fell to visiting Zion-Benton on Jan. 13.
It was the third close loss in a row for LF.
Senior forward Reed Thomas led the Scouts in scoring with 12 points. He also had three rebounds and three steals.
The team’s other stat leaders were Connor Hanekamp (11 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds), Justin McMahon (7 points, 2 assists, 2 steals) and Mead Payne (4 points, 2 rebounds).
Niles North 79, Glenbrook South 73
— How about Matty G!
Senior Matt Giannakopoulos poured in a career-high 40 points for Glenbrook South on Jan. 13. The senior guard made seven three-pointers.
However, his big game wasn’t quite enough. The Titans (7-9, 1-4) fell to host Niles North 79-73.
GBS freshman Dom Martinelli also stood out. He didn’t miss a shot on his way to 16 points.
The Titans continue to be a team which doesn’t quit. They made it close in the end despite falling behind 20-2 early in the contest.
Highland Park 56, Maine East 42
— Highland Park evened its record to 8-8 overall with a 56-42 victory over host Maine East on Jan. 13.
The team was led by Ziv Tal (12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists), Daniel Michelon (11 points), Jack Zeidler (11 points, 5 rebounds), Luke Zemelis (7 points), Noah Shutan (6 points, 6 assists) and Charlie Fleischer (6 points). Michelon and Zeidler made three three-pointers each.
The Giants improved to 4-1 in the CSL North.
Niles West 44, New Trier 26
— New Trier slipped to 2-2 in the CSL South on Jan. 13, when the Trevians dropped a 44-26 decision to host Niles West.
Welcome to the 30-point club, Ziv Tal.
Tal, a junior guard, had a career game in Highland Park’s entertaining 75-70 victory over visiting Maine West on Jan. 10. He finished the game with 32 points.
Tal went 10-for-18 from the field, including 4-for-9 from three-point range, and 8-for-9 from the line.
He also starred on the defensive end with six steals.
In addition to Tal, HP received solid work from four other players: Daniel Michelon (10 points, 2 assists), Jack Zeidler (8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), Luke Zemelis (7 points) and Noah Shutan (7 points, 5 assists, 2 steals).
As a team, the Giants (7-8, 3-1) shot 44 percent from beyond the arc and 83 percent from the free-throw line.
Lake Forest Academy 86, CCA Academy 46
— Balanced scoring lifted Lake Forest Academy to an easy 84-46 victory over visiting CCA Academy on Jan. 10.
The Caxys, who improved to 12-3 overall, were led offensively by Chris Harris (22 points), Vaso Vukmanovic (16 points) and Tyler Grumhaus (16 points).
New Trier 59, Lake View 43
— Led by Andrew Kirkpatrick (14 points), Matt Samuelson (11 points) and Spencer Boehm (10 points), New Trier improved its record to 8-6 by taking down visiting Lake View 59-43 on Jan. 9.
Loyola 51, De La Salle 35
— Loyola continues to be on a roll.
LA extended its win streak to five games with a 51-35 victory over visiting De La Salle on Jan. 6. The Ramblers (10-5, 3-1) were led by Ramar Evans (16 points, 6 rebounds), Kevin Cunningham (11 points), Matt Lynch (8 points, 4 assists) and Matt Sechman (8 rebounds, 3 blocks).
Lake Forest Academy 55, Highland Park 37
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Evanston 64, Glenbrook South 52
— Glenbrook South didn’t go down without a fight in its game at Evanston on Jan. 6.
After falling behind by 15 points, the Titans (7-8, 1-3) trimmed the Evanston lead to two points in the fourth quarter only to lose the CSL South game 64-52.
GBS received strong outings by three of its seniors: Matt Giannakopoulos (16 points), George Arvanitis (15 points) and Chase Thomas (15 points).
Lake Forest Academy, 53, Marian Central Catholic 47
— Chris Harris popped in 32 points to spark Lake Forest Academy to a 53-47 victory over host Marian Central Catholic on Jan. 6.
Harris scored 21 of his game-high point in the second half. LFA outscored the hosts 35-20 in the final two periods.
Junior guard Matey Juric added eight points for the Caxys (10-3).
Lake Zurich 42, Lake Forest 35
— Justin McMahon came up with a team-high 14 points in Lake Forest’s 42-35 setback to host Lake Zurich on Jan. 4.
The Scouts are now 5-9 overall and 1-3 in the North Suburban Conference.
Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest: LA 59, Timber Creek 50
— Talk about a rewarding trip.
Loyola turned in one stellar performance after another in its four-game set in the Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest in Naples, Florida. The Ramblers (9-5, 1-1) capped things off by going 4-0 and beating Timber Creek 59-50 in the championship game on Dec. 30.
Senior Ramar Evans, a Maryville College recruit, was named the tourney MVP. Junior Kevin Cunningham made first-team all-tournament.
In the title game over Timber Creek, senior Jimmy Alexopoulos paced the LA attack with 15 points. Julian DeGuzman tallied 13 points, while Evans had 12 points and five rebounds. Matt Sechman also pulled down five boards.
Hinsdale Central Tournament: Crete-Monee 74, GBN 67
— Glenbrook North put 33 points on the board in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Crete-Monee (8-5) claimed a 74-67 victory in a Day Four consolation game at the Hinsdale Central Tournament on Dec. 30.
The Spartans (7-8, 2-2) had two players score more than 20 points. Tommy Gertner tallied 22 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists. Jame Karis had 21 points, eight assists and seven steals.
Sean Merriman added 10 points and four assists.
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Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest: LA 47, Poinciana 32
— Loyola advanced to the title game of the Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest in Naples, Florida with a 47-32 victory over Poinciana on Dec. 29.
The Ramblers (8-5, 1-1) used a balanced attack to beat Poinciana in the semifinal round. Ramar Evans had 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Julian DeGuzman and Kevin Cunningham had 10 points each, while Matt Sechman had a team-high eight rebounds.
LA limited Poinciana to 13 points in the first half.
Hinsdale Central Tournament: GBN 47, Urban Prep 46
— Glenbrook North got into the win column on Dec. 29, when the Spartans edged Urban Prep 47-46 in a consolation bracket game.
GBN was led by Luke Amen (12 points, 2 assists), James Karis (11 points, 3 assists, 3 steals), Tommy Gertner (8 points, 9 rebounds) and Sean Merrigan (7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals).
York Tournament: Day 4
— Highland Park and Lake Forest lost tight games on Day Four of the York Tournament on Dec. 29. But both teams had a player earn all-tourney honors.
LF senior guard Justin McMahon was recognized after averaging 15.3 points per game. HP’s all-tourney selection was junior guard Ziv Tal, who averaged 16.3 points and 2.5 steals per game.
HP (6-7, 2-1) came up just short against St. Laurence 43-42 in its tourney finale. The Giants tied the game 36-36 with 4:10 left to play on a beautiful scoop layup by Daniel Michelon (10 points, 2 assists). And they held a one-point lead, 39-38, on a three-pointer by Ziv Tal (10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assist) with 2:47 remaining in regulation.
St. Laurence closed out the contest by going 5-for-7 from the foul line.
HP had some good looks at the basket late in the game but couldn’t convert.
“I thought we executed well down the stretch,” said HP head coach Paul Harris.
Harris liked what he saw from his squad during the four-game set.
“We finished with a 2-2 record and had seven good halves of basketball,” Harris said.
After a quiet first half (0 points, 1 rebound), HP senior Jack Zeider had a strong second half (8 points, 6 points).
HP’s other stat leaders were Thano Fourlas (5 points), Tyler Gussis (4 points, 2 assists) and Noah Shutan (3 points, 3 assists).
Lake Forest looked like it was on the road to a win. The Scouts (5-8, 1-2) went on a 9-0 run in the third quarter to take a 23-19 advantage against Rolling Meadows. But the Mustangs wound up winning the contest 40-38 by going 8-for-9 from the foul line in the final 5:55 of regulation.
“Rolling Meadows does a good job of running its offense,” said LF head coach Phil LaScala. “They’re very patient. Every possession counts against a team like that.”
Justin McMahon of the Scouts wound up sharing game honors (14 points) with Rolling Meadows’ Jared Murphy. The point guard scored all of his points in the second half after only attempting two shots in the first half.
“They blanketed Justin the whole time,” said LaScala. “He got a little more aggressive in the second half. Our job is get him more shots.”
Fellow guard Jed Thomas had eight points and four rebounds, while Reed Thomas tallied seven points and six rebounds.
“I thought we matured a little in the tournament,” LaScala said. “We’re not that far off, but we need to get there.”
Proviso West Tournament: Bogan 72, NT 51
— New Trier wound up going 1-2 in the Proviso West Tournament after losing a 72-51 decision to Bogan on Dec. 29.
Junior point guard Andrew Kirkpatrick turned in a terrific effort in the loss. He finished with a game-high 21 points. He made 3 of 6 from three-point territory and went 6-for-6 from the foul line.
Junior Griffin Ryan had 13 points and five rebounds for the Trevians (7-6, 2-1), while sophomore Spencer Boehm ended up with nine points and seven rebounds.
Hinsdale Central Tournament: Maine South 48, GBN 31
— This one didn’t go well for Glenbrook North.
In a second-round consolation game at the Hinsdale Central Tournament on Dec. 28, the Spartans struggled to score in a 48-31 setback to Maine South. They tallied only 11 points in the first two quarters of the contest.
GBN’s stat leaders were James Karis (9 points, 3 assists), Kellen Witherell (7 points) and Luke Amen (6 points).
Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest: LA 61, Fort Myers 44
— Kevin Cunningham had a big say in Loyola’s 61-44 victory over Fort Myers in the quarterfinal round of the Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest in Naples, Florida on Dec. 28. The junior guard had 20 points, six steals and three assists.
Senior Ramar Evans had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Matt Lynch helped out with eight points, while Matt Sechman and Julian DeGuzman had four rebounds apiece.
York Tournament: Day 3
— Highlighted by Justin McMahon’s 22 points, Lake Forest improved to 2-1 at the York Tournament on Dec. 28 by downing Oswego 55-42.
The Scouts, who put up 21 points in the second frame, also received solid work from Connor Hanekamp (12 points, 7 rebounds), Reed Thomas (4 points, 7 rebounds), Brian Stickler (4 points, 4 rebounds) and Mead Payne (5 points).
Meanwhile, Highland Park had a tough fourth quarter (2 points) and wound up losing to Wheaton North 62-34 in the quarterfinal round of the 32-team York Tournament on Dec. 28.
Junior guard Ziv Tal had an outstanding outing for the Giants. He hit four three-pointers and led all scorers with 20 points.
HP had only nine rebounds in the contest.
Proviso West Tournament: Young 70, NT 43
— State-ranked Young was unrelenting — on both ends of the floor.
On their way to a 70-43 victory over New Trier in the second round of the Proviso West Tournament on Dec. 28, the Dolphins broke open a tight game — they led 40-33 with 3:24 left in the third quarter — by hitting their first eight shots in the fourth quarter.
“I was happy with our effort,” said NT head coach Scott Fricke. “But we have to stay focused for four quarters.
“We had an effective game plan for three quarters,” the coach added. “But then, they went on a run.”
Young’s constant defensive pressure also wreaked havoc on NT. The Trevians ended the game with 27 turnovers.
Which was way too many in Fricke’s estimation.
“Ten to 12 of those were unforced errors,” he said.
NT’s stat leaders were Andrew Kirkpatrick (8 points, 2 assists, 2 steals), Spencer Boehm (7 points, 6 rebounds), Griffin Ryan (7 points, 2 assists), Ciaran Brayboy (6 points, 7 rebounds) and Aaron Peltz (6 points on 2 threes).
Hinsdale Central Tournament: Bolingbrook 78, GBN 45
— Glenbrook North opened play in the Hinsdale Central Tournament in tough fashion, losing a 78-45 decision to undefeated Bolingbrook on Dec. 27.
The Spartans (6-6, 2-2) played Bolingbrook to a 15-15 tie in first quarter only to fall behind by 13 at halftime.
Max Knebelkamp led GBN with 10 points. Tommy Gertner had eight points and six rebounds. James Karis ended up with seven points, four rebounds and two assists, while Nick Sardarov had seven points, four rebounds and two assists.
Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest: LA 59, Immokahlee 42
— Loyola got off to a good start in the Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest.
The team defeated Immokahlee 59-42 in the opening round on Dec. 27. Senior forward Matt Sechman led the Ramblers with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The other stat leaders were Kevin Cunningham (12 points), Ramar Evans (9 points, 7 rebounds), Jimmy Alexopoulos (9 points) and Matt Lynch (6 assists).
York Tournament: Day 2
— This was impressive.
Highland Park knocked off the tourney’s top-seed, De La Salle, 66-59 in the second round at York on Dec. 27. Ziv Tal (21 points) and Daniel Michelon (17 points, 5 rebounds) led the way for the Giants. Kobe Mandell went 3-for-3 from three-point land to finish with nine points, while Jack Zeidler added seven points and five rebounds.
HP shot 80 percent from the foul line, while the Giants shot 50 percent from the field, including 12-24 from beyond the arc.
Lake Forest also had a good outing in Day Two of the York Tournament. The Scouts topped Lyons 56-51 behind an 18-point performance by senior guard Justin McMahon. The team’s other stat leaders were Reed Thomas (8 points, 5 rebounds), Michael Bogdanowicz (8 points, 6 rebounds) and Jed Thomas (6 rebounds).
Proviso West Tournament: NT 50, DGN 40
— Downers Grove North came into this opening round game at the Proviso West Tournament on Dec. 27 with an 8-1 record.
Thus, count this as a very good win for New Trier. The Trevians outscored DGN 23-11 in the final eight minutes to claim a 50-40 victory.
The Trevians were paced by Aaron Peltz (15 points, 2 steals), Andrew Kirkpatrick (12 points), Griffin Ryan (10 points, 5 assists, 2 steals), Spencer Boehm (8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals) and Ciaran Brayboy (4 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists). All 15 of Peltz’s points came on the three-ball.
York Tournament: Day 1
— Daniel Michelon came up with a breakout game in the opening round of the York Tournament.
The junior guard tallied 25 points in Highland Park’s 61-50 victory over Timothy Christian on Dec. 26. Michelon was 7-for-10 from three-point land. He also went 4-5 from the foul line. And he added a team-high three steals.
Fellow junior Ziv Tal ended up with 14 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Jack Zeidler just missed double figures (9 points). He added three steals and two assists.
Noah Shutan helped out with four steals.
Meanwhile, Lake Forest lost 42-26 to Stagg (9-2) in its tourney opener at York on Dec. 26. The Scouts were held to two points in the third quarter. LF’s stat leaders were Justin McMahon (7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists), Brian Stickler (5 points) and Danny Hart (5 points).
Taft 69, Loyola 67
— Ramar Evans is heating up.
The Loyola senior poured in 26 points in his team’s 69-67 overtime loss to Taft on Dec. 23. He also added six rebounds and four assists.
Overtime games have not been kind to the Ramblers (5-5, 1-1) this season. They now are 0-3 in extra-session games.
LA’s other stat leaders were Matt Lynch (10 points, 3 assists), Kevin Cunningham (9 points) and Matt Sechman (6 rebounds).
Glenbrook North 54, Maine East 47
— Glenbrook North got back on the winning track with a 54-47 victory over host Maine East on Dec. 22.
Tommy Gertner came up big for the Spartans (6-5, 2-2). He went 10-for-15 from the field to lead the team with 20 points. He also had eight rebounds, seven deflections, three assists and two steals.
James Karis helped out with 13 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five deflections, while Kellen Witherell added eights points and six rebounds. Brandon Bayzaee had eight points, three rebounds and three assists, while Sean Merrigan had six points and four deflections.
GBN sealed the win by scoring 23 points in the final frame.
Grayslake North 57, Glenbrook North 55
— The good news for Glenbrook North was Kellen Witherell’s 26 points.
The bad news for the Spartans (5-5, 1-2) was the fourth quarter. Host Grayslake North rallied in the final eight minutes, outscoring GBN 20-12, to pull out a 57-55 nonconference win on Dec. 22.
In addition to his 26 points, Witherell led the team with eight rebounds. The other stat leaders were James Karis (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), Brandon Bayzaee (9 points, 4 assists), Tommy Gertner (8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals) and Luke Amen (5 assists).
Ridley College Tournament
— Lake Forest Academy went 2-2 in the Ridley College Tournament in Ontario, Canada on Dec. 16-18.
The Caxys opened the tourney with a 61-33 victory over GTA Prep Academy and then defeated Kings Christian College 67-44 behind a 25-point, 15-rebound effort by Chris Harris.
In Game Three of the tournament, LFA lost a heart-breaker to Dawson College 63-61. Matey Juric (20 points) and Harris (19 points) paced the team.
In the finale, the Caxys dropped a 62-48 decision to Dawson. Juric missed the game with an ankle injury.
Harris was named to the all-tournament team.
Horizon (Arizona) Tournament
— Some hot long-range shooting by Andrew Kirkpatrick helped New Trier to a third-place finish in a tourney in Arizona.
Kirkpatrick buried five three-pointers on his way to 21 points in NT’s 63-35 victory over Scottsdale Christian in the third-place game at Horizon High School on Dec. 17.
The Trevians (6-4, 2-1) also received solid efforts from Griff Ryan (10 points), Ciaran Brayboy (9 points) and Connor Boehm (8 points).
In earlier action at the tourney, NT defeated North Canyon 54-49 on Dec. 15. Then, the Trevians fell to LaJoya 68-53 in the second round on Dec. 16. Boehm (10 points) and Matt Samuelson (8 points) led the way in the win over North Canyon.
Deerfield 41, Lake Forest 38
— Lake Forest owned the second quarter. The visiting Scouts outscored Deerfield 16-5 in those eight minutes.
But Deerfield (5-3) regrouped just enough in the second half to pull out a 41-38 victory on Dec. 17.
The Scouts (3-6, 1-2) received a solid outing from Brian Stickler. The 6-foot-4 senior led the team in scoring (13 points), while adding four rebounds.
Jed Thomas also finished in double digits with 12 points to go along with three steals.
LF’s other stat leaders were Connor Hanekamp (5 points, 3 rebounds), Justin McMahon (4 points, 5 rebounds) and Reed Thomas (6 rebounds, 3 steals).
Loyola 68, Montini 17
— Kevin Cunningham tallied 17 points as Loyola cruised to an easy win over visiting Montini 68-17 on Dec. 16.
Matt Sechman had 12 points in the win. Vahle Kalayjian added nine points.
Ramar Evans finished the game with 10 rebounds and six assists.
The Ramblers improved to 5-4.
Glenbrook North 53, Maine West 37
— Kellen Witherell came up with 23 points and 17 rebounds to spark Glenbrook North to a 53-37 victory over Maine West on Dec. 16.
Tommy Gertner also had big outing: 12 points, nine rebounds and four steals.
James Karis had 11 points and five assists.
Glenbrook South 59, Niles West 55
— George Arvanitis paced the Glenbrook South offensive attack as the Titans topped visiting Niles West 59-55 on Dec. 15. The senior guard tossed in 19 points.
Teammate Chase Thomas added 13 points.
Loyola 53, St. Viator 38
— Loyola placed three players in double figures — Kevin Cunningham (14 points), Julian DeGuzman (10 points) and Jack Martinus (10 points) — in its home win over St. Viator 53-38 on Dec. 13.
Ramar Evans added 10 rebounds and four assists for the winners, who evened their record (4-4).
Libertyville 45, Lake Forest 40
— Justin McMahon dropped in 20 points to but wasn’t enough as Lake Forest lost a home game to Libertyville 45-40 on Dec. 13.
McMahon went 7-for-16 from the field, including 5-for-8 from three-point land. The point guard committed just one turnover.
The team’s other state leaders were Reed Thomas (7 points, 4 rebounds), Brian Stickler (6 rebounds, 3 assists) and Connor Hanekamp (4 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds).
With the loss, LF fell to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the North Suburban Conference.
Glenbrook North 65, Buffalo Grove 55
— Luke Amen led the way as Glenbrook North took down visiting Buffalo Grove 65-55 on Dec. 13.
The Spartans (4-4, 0-2) overcame a six-point first quarter deficit with a 27-point outburst in the second quarter.
Amen tallied a team-high 18 points. He also had three assists.
Brandon Bayzaee (15 points, 4 assists) and Kellen Witherell (12 points, 5 rebounds) were the team’s other top scorers.
James Karis had five assists. Sean Merrigan added four dimes.
BG is now 4-4 on the season.
Lake Forest 70, Warren 65 (3 OTs)
— Justin McMahon scored a career high 27 points as Lake Forest needed three overtimes to beat host Warren 70-65 on Dec. 10.
McMahon went 16-for-20 from the foul line. As a team, the Scouts (3-4, 1-1) made 31 of 37 foul shots.
Brian Stickler also came up big for Scouts, finishing with 18 points and seven rebounds.
McMahon hit a shot that would have won the game at the end of the first overtime, but it was waived off by the referees.
LF had a chance to win the game in the second overtime. But Warren’s Barak Diehl hit a desperation two-point heave to send the game to a third OT.
Juwan Perry and Jayson Dorsey each had 14 points for the Blue Devils (3-3, 0-2).
Glenbrook South 65, Foreman 55
— Matt Giannakopoulos came up huge again by scoring 25 points in Glenbrook South’s home win over Foreman 55-45 on Dec. 10.
With the win, the Titans improved their record to 5-4.
New Trier 57, Niles North 55
— Sparked by Ciaran Brayboy (14 points), Griff Ryan (13 points) and Aaron Peltz (11 points), New Trier remained unbeaten in the CSL South with a 57-55 victory at Niles North on Dec. 9.
The Trevians improved their overall record to 4-2.
DePaul College Prep 61, Loyola 60
— Despite having four players score in double figures, Loyola came up just short in a road game at DePaul College Prep 61-60 on Dec. 9.
Junior Kevin Cunningham led LA’s balanced attack with 14 points. Ramar Evans ended up with 13 points, while Matt Lynch and Jordan DeGuzman finished with 10 points each. Senior Kris Lampley added eight points.
With the loss, the Ramblers fell to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in league play. The team now has lost three games by two points or less, including two overtimes.
Maine South 63, Glenbrook South 40
— It was a rough one for Glenbrook South.
The Titans slipped to 0-2 in the CSL South and 3-5 overall with a 63-40 setback to host Maine South on Dec. 9.
GBS was led by senior standout Matt Giannakopoulos (17 points).
Highland Park 48, Glenbrook North 35
— Highland Park won its third straight game by downing host Glenbrook North 48-35 on Dec. 8.
The Giants are now 4-4 overall and 2-0 in the CSL North. They were led Ziv Tal (12 points, 3 assists, 2 steals), Daniel Michelon (11 points), Tyler Gussis (8 points, 2 assists, 2 steals), Kobe Mandell (5 points) and Noah Shutan (5 points, 5 assists).
GBN is now a game under .500 with a 3-4 mark. The Spartans have started 0-2 in league action.
Against the Giants, GBN had two players score in double digits: Nick Karis (13) and Kellen Witherell (12). Witherell, who was 3-for-5 from three-point range, also had eight rebounds. Karis had five rebounds and three steals.
Stevenson 50, Lake Forest 30
— Stevenson has it going — again.
The unbeaten Patriots (6-0) took care of visiting Lake Forest 50-30 in North Suburban Conference action on Dec. 6.
Brian Stickler had a solid game for the Scouts (2-4, 0-1). The senior forward tallied 13 points and six rebounds.
LF junior Mead Payne helped out with five points, three rebounds and three steals. Connor Hanekamp had four points and seven rebounds, while Reed Thomas had three steals.
Loyola 56, Providence St. Mel 40
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Glenbrook South 64, Prosser 51
— Matt Giannakopoulos is off to a terrific start.
The Glenbrook South senior guard has scored 23 or more points in three games this season.
Giannakopoulos poured in a season-high 29 points in GBS’s home win over Prosser 64-51 on Dec. 3.
The Titans, who improved to 3-4 overall, overcame an 18-point deficit.
Highland Park 41, Dundee-Crown 33
— Thano Fouras had it going in this game.
The Highland Park senior guard came up with one of his best varsity games ever, when he tallied 14 points and seven steals in his team’s road win at Dundee-Crown 41-33 on Dec. 3. Fouras made 4 of 8 field goals, while he went 6-for-7 at the stripe.
Junior Ziv Tal also finished in double figures (10 points) to go along with a team-best four rebounds.
Jack Zeidler added nine points and two steals, while Luke Zemelis had six points for the 4-3 Giants.
Western Reserve Academy Tournament
— Lake Forest Academy improved to 7-1 by claiming a pair of wins in the Western Reserve Academy Tournament on Dec. 2-3.
In the opening game against Kiski School, Chris Harris fired in 34 points to give LFA a 65-53 victory. Tyler Grumhaus had 12 points for the Caxys, while Austin Clamage added 10 points.
Then, LFA topped host the team 59-45 on Dec. 3. Harris led all scorers with 30 points
Deerfield 51, Glenbrook North 50
— Alex Casieri hit the game-winning shot with two seconds left to propel Deerfield to a 51-50 win over visiting Glenbrook North on Dec. 2.
Junior Kellen Witherell tallied 20 points and eight rebounds for Spartans (3-3, 0-1). Teammate Tommy Gertner also finished in double digits (10 points). He added six rebounds and two steals.
James Karis was the assist leader (4) for GBN. The other top rebounders were Sean Merrigan (5) and Brandon Bayzaee (4).
Casieri scored 20 points for the Warriors.
New Trier 60, Glenbrook South 52
— In a season-opening CSL South clash on Dec. 2, New Trier topped visiting Glenbrook South 60-52.
The Trevians (3-2, 1-0) were led in scoring by Aaron Peltz (16 points) and Ciaran Brayboy (15 points).
GBS’s Matt Giannakopoulos was the game’s top scorer with 24 points.
Highland Park 49, Vernon Hills 25
— Jack Zeidler pumped in 16 points to lead Highland Park to a decisive 49-25 victory over visiting Vernon Hills in opening round CSL North action on Dec. 2.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak.
Zeidler came up with an impressive all-around game. He made 5 of 8 field goals and 4 of 4 free throws. He also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
HP’s Daniel Michelon also finished in double figures (10 points), while Ziv Tal had eight points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. Tyler Gussis was credited with three assists, while Noah Shutan had four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Notre Dame 44, Loyola 42 (OT)
— In a game played on the big court at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Loyola came up just short.
The Ramblers (2-3) fell 44-42 to Notre Dame in overtime on Dec. 2.
LA was led by Ramar Evans (12 points, 3 steals) and Matt Lynch (10 points, 8 rebounds).
Lake Forest Academy 63, Libertyville 57
— Austin Clamage hit a clutch three-pointer down the stretch as Lake Forest Academy rallied to beat host Libertyville 63-57 on Nov. 30.
The Caxys trailed most of the game before Clamage’s trey put them ahead.
Clamage ended up with 11 points, while LFA’s Chris Harris led all scorers with 32 points
Glenbrook North 68, Glenbrook South 60
— Hot foul shooting by James Karis helped to lift host Glenbrook North past district rival Glenbrook South 68-60.
Karis led all scorers with 27 points in the Nov. 29 showdown. The senior point guard was 14-for-18 from the stripe. He also had five steals, four rebounds and four assists.
Kellen Witherell and Tommy Gertner came up with 15 points apiece for the 3-2 Spartans. Gertner added five rebounds.
GBN’s leading rebounder was Brandon Bayzaee (6).
GBS’s top scorer was Matt Giannakopoulos (19 points).
Buffalo Grove Tournament
— Glenbrook South finished 2-2 in the Buffalo Grove Thanksgiving Tournament.
Led by sophomores Jimmy McMahon (13 points) and Will King (12 points), they capped the four-game set with a 57-48 victory over Grayslake Central on Nov. 26.
GBS’s other win came in the opener against Christian Liberty 89-40 on Nov. 21. Matt Giannakopoulos paced the offensive outburst with 17 points and 11 rebounds. George Arvanitis had five assists.
In second-round action on Nov. 22, the Titans were defeated by Stevenson 81-53. Giannakopoulos had 23 points.
And, in a third-round game on Nov. 23, host Buffalo Grove topped GBS 64-50. McMahon finished with a team-high 13 points.
For his play, Giannakopoulos was named to the all-tournament team.
— Lake Forest Academy completed play in the Mundelein Tournament with a 3-1 record. The Caxys capped things off with a 74-34 victory over Elk Grove on Nov. 26. Chris Harris hit five three-pointers to finish with a game-high 22 points. Matey Juric had 16 points, while Ben Canady added 12 points.
The team also scored wins over the host Mustangs 62-45 in the opener on Nov. 21 and Warren 57-52 on Nov. 22. LFA’s lone setback came against Fremd 59-49 on Nov. 23.
LFA’s scoring leaders against Warren included Harris (22), Juric (15) and Austin Clamage (12).
In the loss to Fremd, the Caxys were led by Juric (14 points) and Harris (10 points).
Harris and Juric were named all-tournament.
Glenbrook North/St. Patrick Tournament
— The host Spartans finished 2-2 in the contest. They had wins over Hoffman Estates 62-58 and Hersey 70-61. They sustained losses to Niles West 52-47 and St. Patrick 53-46.
* See feature story on GBN’s Kellen Witherell.
St. Viator Tournament
— In a tough field at the St. Viator Thanksgiving Tournament, Highland Park wound up going 1-4.
The Giants lone victory was in the opener on Nov. 21, then they topped the host Lions 63-49. Daniel Michelon (15 points), Ziv Tal (14 points, 3 assists), Jack Zeidler (11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, steals), Tyler Gussis (9 points) and Noah Shutan (5 steals) led the way.
In the second round, HP fell to Conant 59-44 on Nov. 22. The stat leaders were Tal (9 points, 3 rebounds), Michelon (7 points) and Zeidler (5 points).
Evanston topped HP 58-44 in a third-round game on Nov. 23. Tal finished with 14 points and two blocks. Zeidler had 10 points and two assists.
Prospect defeated the Giants 56-49 on Nov. 25. Tal led the team with 15 points and three steals. Michelon came up with 13 points, including three three-pointers. Thano Fourlas had eight points. Shutan had three steals.
In the tourney finale, HP dropped a 44-39 decision to Libertyville on Nov. 26. Tal poured in 19 points in the loss, while he added six rebounds and three steals. Shutan had seven points and three steals.
New Trier/Loyola Academy Tournament
— After three tough losses, Lake Forest regrouped in the seventh-place game at the New Trier/Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament.
On Nov. 26, the Scouts got into the win column with a 57-45 victory over Mather. Justin McMahon, who was named to the all-tournament team, paced LF with 15 points, five rebounds and three steals. Connor Hanekamp had 13 points in the win, while Brian Stickler ended up with eight points and five rebounds. Reed Thomas contributed seven points and four rebounds.
In the opening round of the tourney on Nov. 21, the Scouts (1-2) came up short against U High 45-38. McMahon tallied 20 points, five rebounds and four steals. Stickler had nine points and nine rebounds.
On Nov. 22, Benet Academy downed LF 49-35. Stickler led the team with 12 points and four rebounds.
And on Nov. 23, the Scouts suffered a 39-35 setback to St. Ignatius. Hanekamp led the team with 16 points and four steals. Stickler had seven points and 10 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Loyola took runner-up honors, while New Trier placed third in the eight-team Thanksgiving Tournament. Both teams finished with 2-2 records.
* See feature on New Trier’s Andrew Kirkpatrick.