Lions go out with a bang
Lisle's boys basketball team saved its best for last.
LISLE — Lisle's boys basketball team saved its best for last.
Facing IC Catholic Prep in a Class 2A regional semifinal Feb. 20, the Lions bowed 53-44, but did so after playing some of their best basketball of the year.
Down double digits early in the second quarter, Lisle battled back to make it a one possession game three times in the fourth quarter.
"From the time we were down (10) to the last three minutes of the game is the best basketball we played all year," Lisle coach Mark LaScala said. "I couldn't be prouder of our guys."
Unfortunately for the Lions, when they closed in on the lead the Knights had an answer. The answer was Demetrius Carr, who hit a three-pointer to make it a 44-40 game with 5:34 left and hit a bucket from the free throw line to make it 46-42 with 3:48 to play.
"There's a reason they were the No. 1 seed in the regional, and he was it," LaScala said of Carr.
The Lions (14-15) went out strong playing some of their best ball of the season and could take away a measure of pride after playing so close with an IC team that topped them 73-40 in the regular season.
"There's a little bit of pride," Lisle junior Jeremy Glavanovits said of playing such a close game with IC. "I think we'll take a little bit more later when it settles in. We'll feel better about ourselves and what we did this season, but right now it's sad."
It will also be sad to say goodbye to senior starters Dawon Burrell, Cody Monson, Johnny Parrillo and Lamont Ross, just a few of the senior impact players for Lisle.
"It was a strange year because we had the two move-ins (Monson and Ross) and they were both seniors. I'd love to have them another year," LaScala. "I think they were starting to understand what it is we do and now they're gone. In that sense it's tough. Johnny Parrillo was the heart and soul of the team the whole year, and he'll be missed. All the seniors every year are always missed."
"They were great all year," Glavanovits said of the seniors. "We had some ups and downs, but we always stuck together and always picked each other up. They were great. I'm going to miss playing with them."
Leading scorers: LHS Lamont Ross 13, Dawon Burrell 11, Jeremy Glavanovits 8, Nick Saul 6
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