Addison Trail suffers first defeat
Addison Trail came into Friday's West Suburban Gold opener with a lot of momentum, having won its first four games of the young season.
But visiting Morton put a swift end to that.
Jumping out to a 10-3 lead after the opening eight minutes, the Mustangs went on to post a 61-48 win in Addison.
"Morton wanted to play basketball and for the most part, we didn't," Addison Trail coach Brendan Lyons said. "We played for a couple of spurts in the first half and in the fourth quarter primarily. With any team in this league, you can't come out and not be ready to play. I can't put my finger on why it was that way."
The Blazers (4-1, 0-1) had no answer for the guard duo of Detalian Brown and Vinny Belcaster, who combined for 37 points. Belcaster scored 11 of his 14 in the first two quarters while Brown totaled 20 of his 23 after halftime.
"We grew up together and have played together for a long time," Belcaster said. "(Detalian) picked us up today. That was a big win and a big confidence builder."
The home team did come back to tie the score at 14 in the second quarter before Morton ended the period on a 13-0 run to go up 27-14.
Michael Williams tried to do all he could, scoring 13 of his 22 points after halftime, but the Blazers got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
"Michael was our leading scorer coming in, averaging about 17 points a game," Lyons said. "He's been a pretty consistent scorer for us overall."
Colton Noel added 5 points and 13 rebounds, 8 of which came on the offensive end. Jack Kalbas had 7 points.
"The only good thing that can come from it is if we are willing to accept what went wrong and try to make corrections on Tuesday (against Fenton)," Lyons said.
The Mustangs (3-2, 1-0) received 12 points and 11 rebounds from Stephon Jordan and 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals from Marco Huxhold.
"That was a very big win," Morton coach Tony Martinucci said. "Addison Trail is a good team. They just beat Stagg."