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Lisle will not bring momentum into its biggest game of the boys basketball season.
Immaculate Conception stormed into the Lions' den Wednesday and after a close first quarter won the nonconference game going away, 73-40.
"We didn't come out with energy," said Lisle point guard Cody Monson, who scored 4 points with 3 steals. "Usually when we come out with energy we'll play well. But we did not tonight, so we didn't play that well."
That hopefully changes Friday when Lisle (9-8) visits Seneca, both 5-0 in the Interstate Eight Conference. Complicating that scenario is the possibility one of coach Mark LaScala's bigs, 6-foot-5 Jeremy Glavanovits, might be out. He was ejected in the second quarter Wednesday.
Immaculate Conception forward Clark Brinkman, whose 11 points joined three other Knights in double figures, felt the opposite of Monson.
"We were pumped for this game," Brinkman said. "We always love playing Lisle, we always know they're going to be great competitors. And they're part of our regional, too."
The first quarter was frenetic with not much boxing out, 3 offensive rebounds apiece by Lisle's Dawon Burrell and Shane Murray and 5 overall for IC (13-3). Demetrius Carr scored 11 first-quarter points, but Monson's lane jumper had Lisle within 17-14 after a quarter.
IC started pulling away midway through the second. Consecutive Sean Sutton 3s helped the Knights close the half on a 15-6 run for a 38-26 halftime lead.
"We talked in the locker room, we've got to put these guys away now and make a statement," said Sutton, who scored 12 points with 7 rebounds. "We definitely turned up the 'D' and they got a little frustrated. We just got points off fastbreaks and good shot opportunities."
Rebounds, too. Lisle made 9 of 34 first-half shot attempts but got away with it, outrebounding IC 22-20. When Lisle shot 2 of 13 in the third quarter and IC grabbed 13 rebounds to Lisle's 5, the Knights cruised to a 59-31 lead entering the fourth.
Burrell's 10 points led Lisle. A recent Minnesota State football commit, Carr led IC with 16. Back from injury, guard Ross Flemming scored 13 and his defensive intensity drew IC coach T.J. Tyrrell's praise.
"I thought that was a nice thing to see since we hadn't had it," Tyrrell said.