Glenbard South rallies at Bartlett
Upstate Eight co-leader Glenbard South needed a spark after falling behind by 14 points midway through the third quarter at Bartlett Friday.
Brandon Malone was that live wire in a 51-47 comeback win.
After upset-minded Bartlett bulged its lead to 38-24 on a Nick Bucaro bucket with 3:45 left in the third quarter, Malone jump started the Raiders' engine.
The 6-foot-3 guard scored 13 of his team-high 19 points in the third quarter -- highlighted by 6 points in a 4-possession span -- and Glenbard South closed the period on a 13-0 tear to draw within a point.
Malone later gave the Raiders the lead for good with 35.5 seconds to play. His strong drive through the lane vaulted his team to a 48-47 lead they did not relinquish.
"We came into the locker room at the half and we said we have to change," Malone said. "We worked too hard to end it all now. We came out and played harder defense, we made tougher shots, harder shots and we all just played as a team."
The road win keeps Glenbard South (23-4, 15-2) tied for first with East Aurora (21-9, 15-2), which won 94-89 at Streamwood Friday.
The co-leaders will settle it on the court. The Tomcats travel to Glen Ellyn for the regular-season finale this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Glenbard South won the first meeting 76-74 in Aurora on Jan. 3.
"We have to come ready to play," Glenbard South coach Wade Hardtke said. "Anybody can beat anybody on any given night, especially in this conference. We've seen it all season long. We really just have to treat it as any other game. They are a very athletic team. Hopefully it is going to be a good game."
Bartlett had a chance to regain the lead after Malone's go-ahead drive, but the Hawks missed a bonus free throw with 20 seconds left.
Aryton Temcio split 2 free throws for the Raiders with 9.4 seconds left to make it a 2-point game, and senior guard Cameron Goodrum grabbed the offensive rebound to further frustrate Bartlett (10-18, 7-10).
"If we grab that ball with nine seconds left down by two, is it a different story at the other end?" Bartlett coach Jim Wolfsmith asked. "With no timeouts they get the ball and it's pretty much the ballgame at that point. We had chances where we could have stretched the lead or taken back the lead but we didn't."
Temcio scored 11 points and senior guard Nick Plaso added 1 points and 4 rebounds for Glenbard South.
Hayden Angell led Bartlett with 17 points.