Bonder brothers spark Libertyville's win over Prospect
Even though they are 6-foot-8 brothers, Chase Bonder, a senior, and Cole, a junior, don't always have that brotherly love when they play one-on-one in their Libertyville driveway.
"We can get into it when we play against each other in the driveway or at the gym," said Chase Bonder. "We play each other tough so we can both get better. We're looking forward to playing with each other on the floor. We've played a lot of one-on-one. We know how each other plays and we learn from each other."
"It's going to be a fun year playing with him," said Cole Bonder. "I think that this will be a special team. We can only go up. We seem to be jelling early in the year."
The Wildcats started the season off well with a 57-32 win over Prospect at the Cahill Gymnasium at St. Viator High School Monday night.
Chase Bonder led Libertyville (1-0) with 13 points. Cole Bonder added 12 points. Junior guard Jack Huber added 9 points to go along with 6 of his team's 11 assists.
"It's nice to have Chase and Cole on the team together," said Wildcats coach Brian Zyrkowski. "They complement each other well on the court. They both have the ability to settle us down. They show the leadership. They both did a great job tonight.
"Our point guard Huber handled Prospect's press well and did a good job for us. He was tested. It's a good omen for future success."
The Knights (0-1) under new head coach Brad Rathe played well in the first quarter and led 12-10 behind Alex Georgakas's 7 points and Owen Schneider's 5. Schneider led Prospect with 15 points and Georgakas had 12.
Chase Bonder's basket with 4:30 left in the second quarter broke a 12-all tie and Libertyville never tailed.
Cole Bonder scored the Wildcats' next 8 points as Libertyville ended the first half ahead 22-15.
Chase Bonder scored 7 of his team's 15 third quarter points as Libertyville led 37-22 after three quarters.
Prospect will play the first few weeks of the season without 5 players who just finished their season playing football last weekend.
"We'll start working some of those players in slowly," said Rathe. "We have some guys who are ready to go. We'll learn from this game. We're a pretty young team."
"Our success will come from getting the ball inside," said Chase Bonder. "We have good guards who can also shoot the ball and penetrate."
Libertyville connected on 47% of their shots hitting 23 of 49 from the field. The Knights struggled at 29% on 11 of 38.
St. Viator 75, Streamwood 54:
The host Lions won their season opener defeating Streamwood. Freshman Josiah Calvin scored 17 points. Ryan Camblin added 13. Calvin is the brother of former all-stater Trey Calvin.
The Sabres were led by Sammie Johnson's 15 points.