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Benet advances past host Pontiac at tournament
Updated Dec 29, 2015 11:31 PM
PONTIAC — Benet boys basketball coach Gene Heidkamp employed the word “prestigious” Tuesday night.The Redwings had returned to central Illinois to participate in the famed Pontiac Holiday Tournament, the very first of its kind in the nation.After a decade-plus absence, Benet returned to the fold last year and made a run to the championship game of the 16-team field.The Redwings were not very kind to the host Indians.Only two of the eight first-round games were played on Monday after a vicious ice team essentially brought the central Illinois community to its knees.The situation was exacerbated on Tuesday by widespread flooding in the area, a contributing factor to yet another power outage.But when the two teams met more than 24 hours later than expected, it was all Benet as the Redwings pitched a first-quarter shutout en route to a 52-22 victory.James Dockery and Matthew Teglia combined for the first 5 points of the second quarter to extend the Redwings’ game-opening run to 18 points.The Indians’ Cam Brown finally broke the run with a baseline jumper, but the Redwings only responded with a 14-5 quarter-closing run to extend the lead to 32-7 at halftime.It gave Heidkamp the luxury of giving non-starters some minutes.“We have really good players who don’t get a chance to play a lot,” Heidkamp said.“We just try and keep our defensive intensity as high as possible,” said reserve guard Kevin Doyle.“It’s great to be with all the guys and get in there,” Matt DeBroeck said.“The way all the townspeople come out to see us play is pretty cool,” Danny Sullivan said.Benet starters Jack Nolan and Liam Lyman ended the first half in spectacular style for the Redwings, who won for the eighth time in nine games.Nolan hit a deep baseline 3-pointer with less than a second to play to seemingly cap the first two quarters in almost flawless fashion for Benet.But the Redwings forced an inbounds violation, and Lyman scored at the buzzer to give Benet a 32-7 lead at the break.The Redwings will face Joliet West, also once beaten, in the fourth quarterfinal Wednesday.For perhaps the first time in history the tournament will be four days.Adamant to retain the old Class AA format of semifinal and championship on the same day, Pontiac officials believe the revised schedule will suggest a late afternoon championship on New Year’s Eve.Lyman and Daniel Sobelewski scored 9 points apiece to lead Benet.Brown paced Pontiac (4-8) with a game-high 11.“They’re very disciplined,” Brandon Martin said of Benet.
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Alex Passi,left, and Justin Pierce of Glenbard West pull down a rebound during the South Elgin at Glenbard West boys basketball game Wednesday.
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DuPage County teams ready to fight for a midseason trophy
Updated Dec 17, 2015 4:58 PM
Get ready for a busy holiday season of boys basketball in DuPage County.Between the tournaments at York, Glenbard West, IC Catholic Prep/Westmont and the debut event at Hinsdale Central, 64 teams will be competing for trophies of all shapes and sizes. And that’s just a beginning. DuPage County’s 29 teams soon will begin scattering to 12 holiday tournaments from Wheeling to Centralia. Here’s a look at what to expect over the next two weeks.York: Dec. 26, 28-31.The field: Batavia, Conant, DeLaSalle, Downers Grove South, Elk Grove, Glenbard East, Highland Park, Hinsdale South, Lake Forest, Lane Tech, Lyons Twp., McHenry, Metea Valley, Minooka, Naperville North, Nazareth, Oswego, Palatine, Providence, Riverside-Brookfield, Rolling Meadows, St. Ignatius, St. Laurence, St. Patrick, Sandburg, Schaumburg, Stagg, Thornton Fractional South, Timothy Christian, Waubonsie Valley, Wheaton North, York.The favorite: Riverside-Brookfield.The scoop: Ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, No. 1 seed Riverside-Brookfield looks to win its first Jack Tosh title since 2001. Returning four starters plus Whitney Young transfer Skyler Nash from a 28-4 sectional champion, the Bulldogs finished second at York in 2014 to two-time defending champ Lake Forest. A potential semifinal awaits with Hinsdale South and Northwestern recruit Barret Benson. Downers South heads the other bracket, an even group in a tourney that showcases various styles and teams from large (Lyons Twp.) to small (Timothy Christian).Quotable: “In terms of preparing your team, it’s going to prepare you. Whether you do better or you have some struggles, you’re going to be better for it,” said Metea Valley coach Bob Vozza.Glenbard West: Dec. 21-23, 26.The field: Glenbard North, Glenbard West, Hoffman Estates, Leyden, Northridge Prep, St. Francis, Wheaton Academy, Willowbrook.The favorite: Glenbard West.The scoop: Playing on its home court with one of the state’s top players, unbeaten Glenbard West is the obvious team to beat. William and Mary-bound wing Justin Pierce has gotten off to a tremendous start, and so has point guard Alex Passi. It’d be a shock if Glenbard West didn’t emerge atop the Green Pool, but the White Pool is a tossup. None of the four teams — Glenbard North, Hoffman Estates, Leyden and Wheaton Academy — has a winning record. Wheaton Academy, after a few years away, makes its return to Glenbard West. Quotable: “If you look at the record, I guess you’d have to consider us as a favorite,” said Glenbard West coach Tim Hoder. “But there are some quality programs coming in with competitive teams. I think a lot of teams are looking forward to getting some momentum for the second half of the season.”Wheeling: Dec. 21-23, 26.The field: Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Dundee-Crown, Fremd, Glenbrook South, Lake Park, Libertyville, Maine West, Naperville Central, Niles North, Notre Dame, Prospect, Streamwood, Vernon Hills, Waukegan, Wheeling.The favorites: Deerfield, Fremd, Naperville Central, Notre Dame.The scoop: There’s a reason four teams are listed as a favorite. This tournament’s up for grabs. In terms of local hopes, Naperville Central has as good a shot as anyone. The experienced tandem of Matthew Meier, who scored 52 points in two wins last week, and Harrison Hallstrom leads the Redhawks, who have lost only on the road to Oswego and Glenbard West. A win over Maine West likely sets up a second-rounder against Deerfield. Defending champion Lake Park is in the opposite bracket and has an interesting first-round matchup against Prospect.
No. Name Class Height Weight Position
01 Malonga, Jason Senior 6-4 F
03 Fulton, Edward Senior 6-5 C
04 Walsh, Brendan Senior 6-0 G
05 Doyle, Kevin Senior 5-11 G
10 Doyle, Brian Senior 6-1 G
11 Dockery, James Senior 6-2 G
12 DeBroeck, Matthew Senior 6-3 F
15 Teglia, Matthew Junior 5-11 G
20 Enochs, Justin Junior 5-11 G
21 Nolan, Jack Junior 5-11 G
22 Sullivan, Danny Senior 6-4 F
23 Lyman, Liam Junior 6-3 F
24 Veselik, Dan Junior 5-11 G
25 Durchslag, Rudy Senior 5-11 G
32 Sobolewski, Daniel Senior 6-3 F
33 Batina, Brian Junior 6-4 F
35 Liszka, Ryan Junior 6-1 F
55 McKay, Mitchell Junior 6-8 C
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