Feasting on Thanksgiving leftovers before conference play begins
Thanksgiving is just over a week ago. But there are still some delicious leftovers from the boys basketball holiday tournaments.
•Barrington: The Broncos went 3-1 at the Crystal Lake Central tournament to finish third. The Broncos got solid performances from Will Grudzinski, Daniel Hong, Nate Boldt, Evan Jno-Baptiste and Nick Bordenet while Mykolas Ivanauskas gave them solid minutes off the bench in his first varsity action.
•Buffalo Grove: The Bison went 1-2 in their tournament. Adidas Davis stepped up nicely for BG, averaging 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Sophomore Connor Woodin had 7 3-pointers in the tourney while Jacob Heinrich averaged 14 points, including a 20-point performance against Crete-Monee. "We showed a lot of promise, and I was very pleased with how we carried over what we worked on during the preseason to the games," coach Keith Peterson said.
•Conant: The Cougars went 3-1 at Glenbrook North and finished third in the tournament with their only loss coming to the hosts. Michael Sheehy along with sophomores Yusuf Cisse and Camden Lathos were named to the all-tournament team. "We were pleased with our start, we feel we can better throughout the season," coach Matt Walsh said.
•Elk Grove: The Grenadiers are already ahead of last season. They went 1-3 at Palatine but got their first win in two seasons. Transfer Bronson Bartuch was impressive, averaging 20 points and was named to the all-tournament team. "I wasn't sure how we would gel with Bartuch coming into the fold, but the kids played well together and off each other," coach Nick Oraham said.
•Fremd: The Vikings were 3-1 at Fenton and took home the third-place trophy. Eli Schoffstall and Chris Smyros were named all-tournament. "We got a good look at where we are at early in the season," coach Bob Widlowski said. "We received contributions from a lot of different players."
•Hersey: After opening the Palatine tournament with three consecutive losses, the Huskies bounced back in their final game to go 1-3. Sophomore Jared Ryg was impressive at the point guard spot while Max Menninga and freshman Jackson Hupp also shined. "We are playing with great effort and tenacity on the defensive end the last few games," Hersey coach Austin Scott said. "Offensively, we are a work in progress, but we will get there."
•Hoffman Estates: The Hawks came away with the biggest trophy and an even bigger surprise. Hoffman won the Woodstock tournament, going 3-0 in the process. Mike Vuckovic showed that he could be one of the top guards in area, scoring 23 points. "We had high expectations entering this tournament and were happy to come out on top," first-year coach Peter McBride said. "If we can continue to defend and rebound at a high level, we hope to make some noise in the MSL West."
•Leyden: Coach Bill Heisler said his team needs to perform better after the Eagles went 1-3 at the Ridgewood tournament. "The tournament exposed that we have to do a better job handling pressure and taking care of the ball," Heisler said. "As we get experience doing our job at the defensive end of the floor and learn to be more comfortable taking care of the ball at pace, we will be pretty good." Ali El-Hindi and Christian Lopez had a good tournament for the Eagles and sophomore Drelyn Jones also stepped up according to Heisler.
•Maine East: The Demons went 1-3 at Ridgewood. Jalen Taylor had 19 points and Samy Salem 16 points in the win over Ridgewood. Idarius Walton was named all-tournament.
•Maine West: The Warriors went 1-3 at Fenton. Isaac Pittman had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals along with Angel Hernandez, who had 14 points and 3 steals in a win over Waukegan.
•Maine South: The Hawks went 2-1 at Lyons. Nick Rentas and Julian Triffo were all -tournament. "The team took a positive step forward and looks to improve daily," coach Tony Lavorato said.
•Rolling Meadows: After a trio of impressive wins to open the Fenton tournament, the Mustangs stumbled in the title game to Wheaton Warrenville South. Orlando Thomas, Mark Nikolich-Wilson, and Cameron Christie were all-tournament with Christie being named MVP. "We have a lot that we need to work on that was exposed during the first four games," coach Kevin Katovich said. "We have some talent, but we are nowhere near where we need to be."
•Palatine: The Pirates went 2-2 in their own tournament with close losses to York and Stevenson. Tyler Swierczak was named to the all-tournament team. "Our team toughness needs to catch up with the skill and length that we already have," coach Eric Millstone said. "Once it does, we can be more than relevant this year."
•Prospect: Playing short-handed thanks to the success of the football team, coach Brad Rathe made his debut and his team went 1-3 at St. Viator. Owen Schneider averaged nearly 15 points per game, Alex Georgakas 10.5 points and Dave Marshall 4.5 rebounds. "The tournament was a tough situation for a young team without a lot of varsity experience," Rathe said. "I think this will help us immensely as we begin our regular season."
•Schaumburg: The Saxons got off to a great start this season. They won their first three games before losing to Naperville Central in the title game of the Ridgewood tournament. Schaumburg was led by DJ Wilson and Nick Doroskin, who both were named to the all-tournament team.
•St. Viator: The Lions finished third in their tournament going 2-2. It was a coming-out party for freshmen Josh Calvin and Joey Hernandez. Calvin led the Lions in scoring while Hernandez was credited with his great defensive effort. The Lions may experience some growing pains this year with only one senior on the roster, but the future is bright with the additions of Calvin, Hernandez, and Hunter Duncan and the leadership and steady play of Eli Aldana," St. Viator coach Michael O'Keeffe said.
•Wheeling: The Wildcats went 2-2 at Northridge Prep to finish third. Aima Igiehon was named to the all-tournament team while Josh Hutchinson had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steal against Senn. Matt Meyer came off the bench against Senn to hit 4 3-pointers. "We have a young team that is learning how to play together," Wheeling coach Tom Antosz said. "This tournament was a great start which allowed us to see our strengths and weaknesses."