GAMER: LF 72, ROUND LAKE 35
Michael Pasquella made a memory on Monday night.
In a blow-out 72-35 win over winless Round Lake in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal at Deerfield High School, the junior guard came off the bench to lead all scorers with 12 points.
Pasquella did some nice things. He knocked down a three-pointer in each half. And then, with 4:17 left in the fourth quarter, he came up with the offensive play of game, scoring on an eye-pooping, jump-stopping, dipsy-doodle drive down the lane.
But hold on.
Let’s put this game on hold.
Time to flash back to Feb. 6. Pasquella’s night of nights.
That’s the evening he got the mob treatment … from his teammates.
In a 61-59 triple overtime win over visiting arch-rival Libertyville, Pasquella came up with the game-winning shot by tipping in a miss by Ben Gibson.
He remembers the ball being in the air, tipping it towards the rim once and then twice, falling to the floor and then getting swarmed on the court by his teammates.
“It’s become a blur,” said the 6-foot, 155-pound Pasquella. “A crazy moment for me. A great moment for the team.”
And what made it even cooler? Bobby Winebrenner of The Forest Scout caught it on video and quickly put it up on Twitter. The 11-second clip has become Pasquella’s 15 seconds of fame. The tweet has amassed 3,872 views. And counting.
“At school the next day, people that I didn’t even know were coming up to me and saying, ‘good shot,’ ” said Pasquella.
“I’d say, ‘thanks, and who are you again?’ ”
That Pasquella was in the game at that crucial juncture of the game says a lot … about Pasquella.
“We put him in at the end of the game because of his athleticism,” said LF head coach Phil LaScala. “We knew that he’d go hard to the offensive board.
“It was really a cool moment,” the coach added. “Had a lot of fun [celebrating the win] in the locker room that night.”
Ok, flash back to Monday’s win over Round Lake.
Pasquella, who plays his club basketball with ALL IN Athletics, not only tossed in 12 points, but he also added three rebounds and two assists. He also took a charge.
“Michael’s a fun kid to coach,” said LaScala. “He’s very athletic. He listens well. He wants to improve. He loves the game.
“We’ve been getting him into the game a lot more lately,” the coach added.
Pasquella could play a key role, when the 12th-seeded Scouts take on No. 5 seed Conant in a regional semifinal game at Deerfield on Tuesday night (7:30 p.m.). The Scouts once again will play without first-team all-conference pick Ben Gibson, who is out for the season after sustaining a broken fibula in the waning seconds of the LF-Mundelein game on Feb. 16.
Two other LF players scored in double figures against the now 0-26 Panthers. Senior guard Jed Thomas tallied 11 points to go along with three steals. Senior forward Kyle Waggoner had 10 points and two rebounds.
Senior guard Jack Van Hyfte hit two three-pointers at the end of the first half to finish with eight points, while Crawford Bolton added five points
Senior Mead Payne, an honorable mention all-conference selection, had four points and four rebounds in limited action.