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updated: 2/28/2013 11:28 PM

Bartlett bounces Leyden

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  • Bartlett's Lance Whitaker, left, and Justin Busch walk off the court after their victory over Leyden in Thursday's Class 4A York regional game in Elmhurst.

      Bartlett's Lance Whitaker, left, and Justin Busch walk off the court after their victory over Leyden in Thursday's Class 4A York regional game in Elmhurst.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Bartlett's Marcus Aluquin dumps the ball to a teammate against Leyden in Thursday's Class 4A York regional game in Elmhurst.

      Bartlett's Marcus Aluquin dumps the ball to a teammate against Leyden in Thursday's Class 4A York regional game in Elmhurst.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
By Seth Hancock
Daily Herald Correspondent

A slow-paced, low-scoring game wasn't exactly what Bartlett boys basketball coach Jim Wolfsmith was hoping for -- but he'll certainly take the final result.

The No. 7 Hawks earned a spot in the Class 4A York regional title game after defeating the No. 10 Leyden Eagles 33-29 on Thursday night.

"We didn't want a low-scoring game, but they're a really good defensive team and this was a physical game," Wolfsmith said.

Bartlett (20-9) trailed only twice, both by 1 point, but the Hawks never were able to rest.

Bartlett took a 25-21 lead into the fourth quarter, but Omar Lozoya had a steal and a layup followed by a 3-pointer to open the final period giving Leyden (17-11) a 26-25 advantage.

A Ryan DiCanio layup followed by a bucket from Lance Whitaker off a Marcus Aluquin assist put the Hawks ahead again 29-26.

Lozoya finished with a game-high 15 points, including all 8 of the Eagles' fourth-quarter points, and his third trey of the night tied things up at 29-29 with 3:08 left on the clock.

"My teammates did a good job finding me, and I was just able to knock my shots down," said Lozoya, one of Leyden's eight graduating seniors.

Lozoya added: "I think this was a very successful season. It was more successful than we thought it would be."

A minute after Leyden tied the game, Whitaker grabbed an offensive rebound and put in the go-ahead bucket, and he assisted a Mitch Reid layup with 52 seconds remaining for the final score. Whitaker finished with a team-high 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

"Their matchups on defense caused us some problems, but we stuck with the gameplan," Whitaker said. "My shot wasn't falling from the outside, so I stuck inside in the fourth quarter and was able to make a couple baskets."

Bartlett led 8-7 after one quarter and 18-15 at halftime. Aluquin scored all 8 of his points in the second quarter, including a 3 and a 5-for-5 performance at the line, and one of Jon Moss' two treys gave the Hawks their largest lead of the game at 23-15 early in the third quarter.

Leyden junior Nick Best had 6 points and 6 rebounds, and senior Anthony Gonzalez grabbed 6 rebounds.

The Hawks will face the regional host, No. 2 York, tonight for the title.

"We've got to rebound, and we have to be physical," Wolfsmith said. "They've got a couple good shooters, and we've got to be physical with them."

David Cohn is one of those shooters Wolfsmith pointed out; Whitaker and Cohn are teammates on their AAU team.

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