Prospect had an emotional victory on Friday night against Mid-Suburban League East rival Hersey, and the Knights kept that momentum going Sunday at the Conference Challenge Classic at Loyola's Gentile Center.
Mike LaTulip jump-started Prospect's attack by hitting four 3-pointers in the first half, and then the junior gave the Knights a lift in the final quarter to help secure a 57-48 non-conference victory over Glenbrook South in Chicago.
Prospect (14-7) took a 24-15 lead with 6:13 remaining in the second quarter, but the Glenbrook South defense and rebounding helped the Titans answer in taking a 1-point lead entering the final quarter,
But the Knights used an 8-2 run to open the final quarter to take command.
"It keeps us moving in the right direction," said Prospect coach John Camardella, whose team has won five of their last six. "They made adjustments, but we were able to control ball movement and limit their second opportunities."
LaTulip (game-high 20 points) was on fire to start the game, nailing 4-of-6 3-pointers in giving the Knights a 9-point cushion.
"All we did was talk about him and all we did was gameplan for him," said Glenbrook South coach Scott Nemecek, "But he still does it. That is a tribute to him and his team."
Glenbrook South (8-15) closed out the first half with a 12-3 run to narrow its deficit to 29-27.
Glenbrook South's defense tightened in the third quarter, and the Titans hit the boards for 8 offensive rebounds in taking a 37-36 lead entering the final quarter.
"The second and third quarter our guys got charged up," Nemecek said. "We definitely played with a lot of passion out there, especially on defense."
Senior Jack Ryan (10 points), senior Corey McMahon (9 points), and junior Victor Levi (8 points) led a balanced Titans attack.
A Prospect victory Friday assured the Knights of a share of the MSL East, and its victory Sunday kept the mojo flowing.
"It was really emotional game on Friday," LaTulip said. "Today was about having fun, keeping in mind that we wanted another win to keep the momentum going."