Titan Boys' Basketball: Luck Runs Out in Overtime, GBS Loses to New Trier
After coming back from a late fourth-quarter deficit, GBS lost in overtime to a CSL South foe.
Down nine with 90 seconds to go, Glenbrook South coach Scott Nemecek wasn't worried about his team. The Titans had trailed by 15 points against Naperville Central and were still fighting to stay in.
With some help from poor New Trier free-throw shooting – the Trevians missed five straight free throws down the stretch – the Titans stormed back into the game and tied it at the end of regulation.
But Glenbrook South's (3-4, 0-2 CSL South) luck would run out in overtime and New Trier hung on for a 61-58 victory.
Glenbrook South started off well, forcing three consecutive New Trier turnovers and taking a 4-0 lead after only two minutes of play.
But their offense stalled and too often settled for long jump shots.
"We were too stagnant in the first quarter and guys were dribbling too much," Glenbrook South coach Scott Nemecek said. "We're a quick team and when we're dribbling we need to be going full-speed."
With the Titans lack of ball movement, New Trier's defense was solid in the first half. The Trevians held Glenbrook South to 20 points and were more active in their movement and communication.
However, the Trevian offense failed to put away Glenbrook South early. Boehm, New Trier's leading scorer, was hobbled by back spasms; an injury that flared up during his Friday physics class.
"I was spread-eagle on the floor and they had to wheel me down to the nurses office," Boehm said. "I thought going into about 6:00 [p.m.] that I wasn't going to play tonight."
But Boehm gutted it out and ended up leading the Trevians with 25 points. Boehm spent more time on the perimeter rather than battling in the paint; something Glenbrook South had hoped to avoid.
"We weren't going to let Connor Boehm have his high-low seals and we did a nice job taking that away," Nemecek said.
In between a pair of layups, Boehm knocked down a rare three-pointer, giving New Trier a 17-15 lead. They finished off the second quarter with a 10-1 run and went to halftime up, 27-20.
After giving up only 20 points in the first half, the Trevians allowed 17 in the third quarter alone. The Titans consistently got penetration into the lane and Glenbrook South trailed by four entering the fourth quarter.
The Trevians added to their lead and went up by nine after a layup by Boehm. But they failed to score a point in the remaining 90 seconds.
In the final minute, Boehm, David Bragiel and Matt DiCesare missed the front end of single-bonus free throws while Glenbrook South continued to cut into lead.
"I'm not concerned with [the missed free throws] and I don't think the rest of the year we'll miss five free throws in a row," Fricke said. "Where I'm really disappointed is our defense let us down at the end of the game.
After getting fouled by Boehm inside, Glenbrook South's Jack Ryan sank two free throws and tied the game at 54-54 with 3.9 seconds remaining.
But in overtime the Trevians responded. Boehm was fouled with 9.4 seconds to go and hit two free throws to put New Trier up by three. DiCesare blocked a desperation three-point attempt by the Titans and New Trier escaped with a victory on the road.
Boehm led the Trevians with 25 points and Bragiel chipped in with 11 points. Ryan paced Glenbrook South with 16 points.
Glenbrook South travels to Palatine on Saturday for their next game.
"We've done a great job scrapping and being tough, playing good defense for the most part," Boehm said. "We'll get a couple people back and I think we'll be a dangerous team."