Meadows turns over a win against Jacobs

  • Jacobs' Cory Boeckh, right, shoots over Rolling Meadows defender Adam Johnson during Tuesday's game at Palatine.

    Jacobs' Cory Boeckh, right, shoots over Rolling Meadows defender Adam Johnson during Tuesday's game at Palatine. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Rolling Meadows' Jack Schoessling, left, guards Jacobs' Chris Orange during Tuesday's game at Palatine.

    Rolling Meadows' Jack Schoessling, left, guards Jacobs' Chris Orange during Tuesday's game at Palatine. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Rolling Meadows coach Kevin Katovich leads his team during Tuesday's game against Jacobs during the Palatine Thanksgiving tournament.

    Rolling Meadows coach Kevin Katovich leads his team during Tuesday's game against Jacobs during the Palatine Thanksgiving tournament. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Jacobs' Chris Orange, middle, leaps between Rolling Meadows' Luka Pavlakis, left, and AJ Aluquin for a rebound during Tuesday's game at Palatine.

    Jacobs' Chris Orange, middle, leaps between Rolling Meadows' Luka Pavlakis, left, and AJ Aluquin for a rebound during Tuesday's game at Palatine. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Rolling Meadows' Jared Murphy, right, drives to the basket against Jacobs' Matt Bindi, left, and Adam Toma during Tuesday's game at Palatine.

    Rolling Meadows' Jared Murphy, right, drives to the basket against Jacobs' Matt Bindi, left, and Adam Toma during Tuesday's game at Palatine. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Rolling Meadows coach Kevin Katovich leads his team during Tuesday's game against Jacobs during the Palatine Thanksgiving tournament.

    Rolling Meadows coach Kevin Katovich leads his team during Tuesday's game against Jacobs during the Palatine Thanksgiving tournament. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
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Updated 11/25/2014 11:26 PM

Rolling Meadows' boys basketball team got off to a great start in tournament play at Palatine on Tuesday.

The Mustangs forced highly regarded Jacobs into 26 turnovers on the way to a 67-57 victory in their season opener.

 

Six-foot-2 sophomore guard Jared Murphy had a varsity debut to remember, finishing with a team-best 29 points.

Other leading scorers for Meadows included junior John Lothery (8 points) and Jack Schoessling (6).

Rolling Meadows coach Kevin Katovich was most pleased with his team's ability to be disruptive and generate change of possession.

"Our tallest guy is 6-2, and we only have two seniors," said Katovich, "but we're pretty deep. It's going to be important for us to force turnovers, so in that respect it was a very nice start."

The Mustangs face Deerfield at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in their second tournament game.

Hoffman Estates 74, West Chicago 72 (OT): Jorden Thornton scored a game-high 30 points with five 3s as the host Hawks won their season opener in the tournament they are hosting.

The Hawks meet Wheaton North in the decisive game of the three-team, round-robin tourney. Both teams won their first games.

Brandon Hall had 19 points for Hoffman Estates, and Curtis Palucska had 9, all of them on 3-pointers. Dante Cleveland had 6 points and hit a 3 in OT.

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Maine West 66, Alcott 56: Senior guard Matt Acevedo made three 3s and finished with a game-high 15 points to help the Warriors to their first victory of the season in tournament play on their home floor.

Freshman guard Julian Dones had 13 points, and both Melvic Jusi and Julian Dunklin had 9 points for the Warriors (1-1).

Coach John Bongiorno was encouraged by the poise his young group showed down the stretch.

"Julian made a couple of free throws late in the game to put us up by 8 -- just totally relaxed, looked like he could've been eating a sandwich," said Bongiorno. "We had a freshman and two sophomores on the floor (Dones and sophomores Stefan Balaban and Randy Kent), but you know what? They played well. It's nice when you see young kids who are able to perform."

Maine West returns to action Friday against Chicago King, which fell to Maine South 62-48 on Tuesday.

Hersey 68, Niles West 47: The Huskies improved to 2-0 with a convincing victory over tournament host Niles West.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Senior guards Payton Haas and Max Heeren set the tone for Hersey.

Haas had a pair of 3-pointers and went 3-for-4 at the foul line to finish with a team-best 23 points, and while Heeren also had a pair of 3s and ended up with 14 points.

Other leading scorers for Hersey were Mark Milligan (8 points) and Josh Mailloux (7).

St. Viator 71, Walther Christian 24: Quin Hayes had no trouble getting victory No. 1 as St. Viator's head coach as the Lions rolled in their season opener in tourament play at St. Viator.

The Lions next host Conant at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Grayslake Central 71, Christian Liberty 40: Ben Kemper had 9 points to lead Christian Liberty, but the Chargers couldn't keep pace with the Rams in tournament play at Buffalo Grove.

Michael Benko led Grayslake Central with 13 points.

Niles North topped Marmion 61-46 to improve to 2-0 in the tournament.

Lake Forest Academy 64, Barrington 57: Down 9 points early in the fourth quarter, Barrington cut its deficit to 3 points with two minutes to play but couldn't finish the job. Lake Forest Academy got 22 points from Austin Clamage and 11 and 10 points from Chris Harris and Ryan Clamage, respectively, in tournament play at Mundelein.

Rapolas Ivanauskas pumped in a game-high 23 points for Barrington. Chris Lester added 11 points and Ben Weber had 10 points.

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