Lisle hoops closes out strong, tops Westmont in regional
Lisle moves on to face IC Catholic Prep at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a regional semifinal.
WESTMONT — Lamont Ross and Cody Monson may have scored more points, but Lisle boys basketball coach Mark LaScala said Jonny Parrillo had the play of the game.
Moments after Class 2A regional host Westmont tied the game at 35-35 on a pair of Greg Pietrzak free throws, Parrillo knocked down a 3-pointer (the last of his eight points) from the top of the key to the the Lions ahead to stay in a game they won 43-38.
"What a big shot by Johnny," LaScala said.
With the win, Lisle moves on to face IC Catholic Prep at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a regional semifinal. Westmont finished its season with a 15-13 mark.
The Lions (14-14) looked as if they might walk away with the game as they opened a 7-1 lead early in the first quarter. Westmont responded with a 7-0 run to get right back in it, and from there the largest lead by either team was Lisle's 29-23 advantage early in the fourth quarter.
With the win, Lisle also took the season series 2-1. Westmont won at the Interstate Eight Conference tournament in late January, but Lisle won the next two matchups.
"It feels really good to win, especially against Westmont and knowing we beat them 2-1 this season," said Monson, who finished with 10 points.
Ross led Lisle with 15 points and nine rebounds. As a team, the Lions dominated the boards 29-16.
Westmont's Jean Pietrzak scored a game-high 24 points, but no other Westmont player was in double figures.
"We missed a lot of inside shots throughout the game, they got to every loose ball, and we couldn't get an offensive rebound," Westmont coach Craig Etheridge said. "Everything seemed to bounce their way."
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