Luczynski's 32 leads Bartlett to 3rd at Hinkle tourney

  • Bartlett's Conrad Luczynski shoots over Loyola defenders in the 3rd place game in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021.

      Bartlett's Conrad Luczynski shoots over Loyola defenders in the 3rd place game in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Loyola's Max Garcia fouls Bartlett's Jesse Singh in the 3rd place game in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021.

      Loyola's Max Garcia fouls Bartlett's Jesse Singh in the 3rd place game in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Bartlett's Kelton McEwen shoots over Loyola defenders in the 3rd place game in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021.

      Bartlett's Kelton McEwen shoots over Loyola defenders in the 3rd place game in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Bartlett's Conrad Luczynski and Loyola's Conor Casper battle for a rebound in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021.

      Bartlett's Conrad Luczynski and Loyola's Conor Casper battle for a rebound in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Loyola's Oliver Bishop passes around Bartlett's Keegan Kunzer in the 3rd place game of the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021.

      Loyola's Oliver Bishop passes around Bartlett's Keegan Kunzer in the 3rd place game of the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Bartlett's Conrad Luczynski shoots over Loyola's Conor Casper in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021.

      Bartlett's Conrad Luczynski shoots over Loyola's Conor Casper in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Bartlett's Conrad Luczynski defends Loyola's Alex Engro in the 3rd place game in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021.

      Bartlett's Conrad Luczynski defends Loyola's Alex Engro in the 3rd place game in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 12/28/2021 9:43 PM

Loyola Academy seemed to devise every imaginable defensive scheme to stop Bartlett 7-foot-3 senior center Conrad Luczynski.

Nothing they attempted worked.

 

The Hawks' dominant senior center filled up the stat sheet with 32 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocked shots to propel Bartlett past Loyola Academy 61-40 in the third place game of the Hinkle Holiday Classic hosted by Jacobs Tuesday night.

"It was his best game by far," said Bartlett coach Jim Wolfsmith. "He affected the game with his left and right hand. He is a great passer. He had a great game against a very good Loyola team. He played to his full potential."

Luczynski was 14-of-17 from the floor including his first 3-pointer of the season.

"Teams are double- and triple-teaming me every game," Luczynski said. "I can pass to the open man knowing we have very good shooters. It was a good bounce-back win for us."

Sophomore Kelton McEwen added 12 points for the Hawks (11-4).

Holding a tenuous 27-24 lead at halftime, Bartlett took control of the game to start the third quarter.

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With Luczynski scoring 6 points on inside power moves along with a long 3-pointer from Ian Smith, Bartlett tallied the first 9 points of the second half. The 9-0 run gave Bartlett a 36-24 advantage with 4:47 left in the third quarter.

Loyola, which made seven 3-pointers in the game, scored its first points of the half on a 3 by Luke Kurtzwell with 3 minutes left to make the score 36-27.

Bartlett, which led 43-30 after three quarters, put the game out of reach by scoring the first 6 points of the fourth all by Luczynski and led 49-30 with 5:50 left in the game.

Holding Loyola to 40 points, 16 in the second half, Wolfsmith was happy with his team's defensive effort.

"Loyola is a quality team and we made them take tough shots," said Wolfsmith. "We didn't give them many easy shots or layups. We did a good job of contesting their back cuts.

"The wheels fell off in the second half against Barrington last night but I like the way we bounced back tonight."

Miles Boland, with a 3-for-4 effort from beyond the arc, led the Ramblers with 13 points while Alex Engro scored 12.

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