Glenbrook South ousts Conant

  • Conant's Dominic Benigni looks to get past Glenbrook South's Will King during Wednesday's game in Hoffman Estates.

      Conant's Dominic Benigni looks to get past Glenbrook South's Will King during Wednesday's game in Hoffman Estates. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Conant's Rajat Mittal maintains his dribble after drawing contact from Glenbrook South's Zach Carr during Wednesday's game in Hoffman Estates.

      Conant's Rajat Mittal maintains his dribble after drawing contact from Glenbrook South's Zach Carr during Wednesday's game in Hoffman Estates. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Conant's Anthony Wachal drives hard to the basket between Glenbrook South's Dom Martinelli, left, and Will King during Wednesday's game in Hoffman Estates.

      Conant's Anthony Wachal drives hard to the basket between Glenbrook South's Dom Martinelli, left, and Will King during Wednesday's game in Hoffman Estates. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Conant's Devon Ellis gets his own rebound between Glenbrook South's Will King, left, and Tyler Nelson during Wednesday's game in Hoffman Estates.

      Conant's Devon Ellis gets his own rebound between Glenbrook South's Will King, left, and Tyler Nelson during Wednesday's game in Hoffman Estates. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Conant's Anthony Wachal, middle, tries to take the ball from Glenbrook South's Mac Hubbard as teammate Kaan Aygar defends near the baseline during Wednesday's game in Hoffman Estates.

      Conant's Anthony Wachal, middle, tries to take the ball from Glenbrook South's Mac Hubbard as teammate Kaan Aygar defends near the baseline during Wednesday's game in Hoffman Estates. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Conant's Kaan Aygar leads a fast break during Wednesday's game against Glenbrook South in Hoffman Estates.

      Conant's Kaan Aygar leads a fast break during Wednesday's game against Glenbrook South in Hoffman Estates. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Conant coach Jim Maley IV and players on the bench celebrate a point by their team during Wednesday's game against Glenbrook South in Hoffman Estates.

      Conant coach Jim Maley IV and players on the bench celebrate a point by their team during Wednesday's game against Glenbrook South in Hoffman Estates. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Conant's Jonathan Kolev, left, guards Glenbrook South's Jimmy McMahon during Wednesday's game in Hoffman Estates.

      Conant's Jonathan Kolev, left, guards Glenbrook South's Jimmy McMahon during Wednesday's game in Hoffman Estates. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
By Greg Swiderski
Daily Herald Correspondent

Big-time players make big-time shots.

Wednesday night at the Class 4A Conant boys basketball regional, Glenbrook South's Dom Martinelli, a 6-foot-4 junior, scored 31 points on 14 of 18 shots from the field.

Will King assisted Martinelli on six of his baskets in the Titans' 47-33 win over the Cougars. Glenbrook South will face Niles West, which upset Niles North on Tuesday, Friday night at 7 p.m. at Conant for the regional title.

The Cougars, who finished their season at 12-16 and were the No 12 seed, gave fifth-seeded Glenbrook South all it could handle in the first half chess match.

"We did what we wanted to do in the first half," said Conant coach Jim Maley. "We wanted to play at our tempo."

The Cougars led 17-15 at halftime despite 10 points from Martinelli. Kaan Aygar pulled Conant to within 15-14 and Jonathan Kolev (6 points) hit a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left for the lead.

For the most part that was the end of the good news for Conant.

King, who was credited with 8 assists, began threading the needle in the second half.

Conant's last lead was at 23-20 on Kolev's 3-pointer with 4:20 left in the third quarter.

by signing up you agree to our terms of service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Martinelli scored 6 points in a row for a 26-23 Titans lead. Aygar scored with 1:01 left to narrow the gap to 26-25.

Martinelli scored on an offensive rebound and then finished the quarter with a basket on an assist from King with one second left for a 30-25 lead.

Zach Carr scored all 6 of his points in a 10-2 run by the 23-8 Titans for a 40-27 lead and the Cougars could not recover.

"I just love to play," said Martinelli, a crafty left-hander. "King and I have known each other since sixth grade. We have a great friendship. If I'm open he finds me. I learned my moves by watching tapes and NBA games. I try to learn from those player's moves."

King is 5 assists shy of the school record of 213.

"I enjoy making the assists more than scoring," said King. "I help my teammates get better by making the passes. I was able to find them inside their zone."

"King is a great point guard," said Maley. "He's right up there with some of the better ones. He has really good vision.

"We felt that trailing by five points going into the fourth quarter the first four minutes would be a determining factor, but it went the wrong way for us."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"At halftime we talked about playing more patient," said Titans coach Phil Ralston. "We did a good job on shutting down (Raj) Mittal. He had four points in the first quarter but didn't score until late in the fourth quarter."

Anthony Wachal led Conant with 9 points on three 3-pointers.

"We didn't do what we needed to do in the second half," said Wachal. "They started scoring and making plays in the second half, and we weren't able to stop them. But I'm proud of the team. We battled and left it out on the court.".

0 Comments
 
Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.