2017-'18 Season Coverage
updated: 2/8/2018 9:38 PM

Bartlett routs West Chicago on Senior Night

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By Scott Miller
Daily Herald Correspondent

The Bartlett boys basketball team celebrated Senior Night in a big way on Thursday with an 84-42 rout of visiting West Chicago in Upstate Eight Valley Division action.

Ben Fisher led a parade of 9 seniors who all scored in the game with a team-high 13 points and 8 rebounds.

"Senior night can be crazy," Bartlett coach Jim Wolfsmith said. "You never know what to expect because you are going with a lot of different lineups to get everybody some playing time. But holy smokes, I've got to say all the seniors played phenomenal. That's what you want to see is everyone getting in and contributing and they all did."

The Hawks (13-10, 6-3) hit a season-high 14 3-pointers and during one long stretch in the second and third quarters made 18 of 22 shots from the field.

Bartlett led 19-15 after one quarter and then exploded in the second quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 22-7 to pull away to a 41-22 halftime lead.

Fisher had 8 points to lead the second quarter surge while seniors Ben Tompson (11 points) and Harsh Mangrola (6 points), and junior Austin Gates each had 3-pointers during the run.

"We really shot the lights out," Wolfsmith said. "Maybe constantly having fresh legs on the floor helped. We were moving the ball real well and getting good shots. Plus on defense we were able to get some take-aways and good defense is always going to lead to offense."

The Hawks continued to pull away in the third quarter with 28 more points to stretch the lead to 69-32. Seniors Kyle Martin (9 points) and Jake Coffinbarger (6 points) each had a pair of 3-pointers. Senior Byron Price (6 points) also had a couple 3-pointers in the second half.

Other seniors to score for the Hawks were Tomas Vikonis with 8 points, Johnny Angel with 7 points, and Garrett Jurina with 4 points,

Jordan Wilkins had 14 points to lead West Chicago in scoring.

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