Try as they might (and they do try), Glenbrook South just keeps coming up short.
The opponent on Saturday night was bitter rival Glenbrook North, which carried seven players 6’3” or taller on its roster (three of whom were 6’7’’).
In the end, the Spartans’ size advantage inside, along with their hot-shooting hands from beyond the arc, helped Glenbrook North breeze to a 66-39 victory at home.
Just like their loss to Evanston on Friday, GBS found themselves doomed by a second quarter drought. After battling within 16-10 at the end of the first period, the Titans saw GBN go on an 11-0 run to start the second quarter, highlighted by a trip of treys from guard Joseph Prince. GBS didn’t score the last 4:05 of the quarter, shot 2-8 from the field and committed five turnovers.
For the game, Prince led the Spartans (14-2) with 19 points, while 6’7’’ forwards Andrews McAuliffe and Peter Szostak chipped in 11 and nine points, respectively.
“They’re big inside,” Glenbrook South Coach Scott Nemecek said. “They’ve got a lot of three-point shooters, and two big guys inside. They have the perfect recipe for making themselves a successful team.”
Trailing 30-14 at the break, Glenbrook South (7-9) started off the second half with good energy, cutting the GBN lead to 10 points. But that was as close as they would come. Senior tri-captain Jack Ryan scored 11 points to lead the Titans, and senior guards Corey McMahon and Tom Wattley poured in seven apiece.
“We’ve been rushing shots recently,” Nemecek said. “I really think we had a poor shooting night, [and] last night was the same thing.”
It seems the Titans are at their best when they are forcing turnovers and using their quickness to get easy buckets in transition. But as Nemecek pointed out, it’s not easy to do when you’re pulling the ball out of your own basket.
“If you can get first rebounds on defense, and get something easy on the offensive end, it helps generate enthusiasm [on defense],” Nemecek said.