Split weekend decision for Palatine on the road
Palatine's boys basketball team had a split decision in a pair of weekend road games.
The Pirates got things started with a 50-35 victory over host Hoffman Estates in Mid-Suburban West play Friday night, and they followed up with a 58-38 setback in nonconference action at Maine South.
Palatine coach Eric Millstone said there were plenty of positives for his team on both nights, despite the Saturday loss in Park Ridge.
"It sure didn't seem like a 20-point game," he said. "We did a really good job of defending them around the basket, and that's a great sign for us. We were really aggressive down low the whole game, and Maine South did a nice job of getting some outside looks. Tonight they rained 3s on us."
Maine South finished with ten 3s, while Palatine had 9 -- including 7 from junior Jake Moertl, who finished with a game-high 21 points.
On Friday against Hoffman Estates, Moertl reached his career high in scoring with a game-best 23 points. That figure included five 3s.
Palatine's Scottie Elter had 9 points, all on 3s, and Lamon Berry contributed 7.
The Pirates' record stands at 9-16 overall and 3-4 in the MSL West.
"I think our guys are getting more comfortable playing with one another, and that's starting to show in our games," Millstone said. "We're definitely starting to play more complete games."