Morton gears up for battle of undefeated West Suburban Gold teams
Mustangs travel to Proviso East in huge conference clash
|Morton senior Rodrigo Nava evades a defender on his way to the basket during a game against Leyden on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. (Staff photo by Matthew Piechalak)|
Morton at Proviso East
For the first time all year, Morton had lost back-to-back games to close out the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.
The Mustangs needed a big turnaround and got it.
Morton trounced Leyden 80-51 on Friday to snap the brief losing skid and remain undefeated in the West Suburban Gold. The Mustangs can now look ahead to Friday’s matchup of conference unbeatens at Proviso East.
East won both meetings last year by double digits and the Pirates went undefeated all the way through the regular season and into the state title game before losing to Simeon. This year, the Mustangs are hoping they can turn things around against the powerhouse program.
“They’re just as athletic as us and it’s a game of runs,” Morton senior Waller Perez said. “They like to get up and down the floor. I think we’re going to have to handle their press and if we do I think we can be successful.”
The Mustangs also like to extend their defense and play an up-tempo game. The emergence of players like Antario Simon off the bench have allowed Morton coach Tony Martinucci to implement more of his preferred pressing style.
Simon scored a game-high 17 points against Leyden and gives Morton another option at forward if one of Waller or Weisner Perez gets in foul trouble. Add in high-flying Rodrigo Nava, who had a pair of dunks in the win over the Eagles, and the Mustangs boast plenty of size inside.
Martinucci was pleased to see his team return to its winning ways after the disappointing end to the Proviso West tournament.
“We had a rough week at Proviso so they had a long time to think about it,” Martinucci said. “They came out wanting to play.”
Morton will need that same kind of fire against East. The Pirates are 11-2 and feature a pair of Division I recruits. Sterling Brown is headed to play for famed coach Larry Brown at Southern Methodist and fellow guard Paris Lee is headed for Illinois State.
“Their guards are quick and fast,” Waller Perez said. “If you do a good job containing their guards, not necessarily forcing turnovers but containing them in an area we can be successful.”
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