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Offense not enough for Sentinels at tourney Thanksgiving tourney

WESTMONT – In spite of a strong offensive output, the Westmont boys basketball team returned empty-handed from the Ridgewood Battle at the Ridge Thanksgiving tournament.

After dropping games to Leyden, Wheeling, Guerin and tournament host Ridgewood over the holiday weekend, head coach Craig Etheridge explained that the Sentinels must shore up defensive holes.

“Our play on defense needs to be a lot better,” Etheridge said. “Because we do a lot of switching when we are on defense, we rely heavily on good communication. If the team does not talk, or [if our] communication breaks down, the defense falters.”

After allowing 75 points to Ridgewood in the season-opening game, the Sentinels showed marked improvements in a 50-49 loss to Wheeling. Westmont then experienced a slight setback, dropping the final two games to Leyden and Guerin.

Going forward, Etheridge explains that the team will concentrate on tightening up things on the defensive end of the floor.

“Right now, improving the defense is our biggest hurdle, but it’s correctable,” Etheridge said. “As long as we continue to put in the effort, we will see improvements.”

On the other side of the ball, the Sentinels showed that they are a team that is capable of scoring in bunches.

Senior point guard Danny LoGiurato led the way for Westmont as he averaged over 13 points per game and was named to the all-tournament team. He scored 15 points in the games against Ridgewood and Leyden.

Fellow guard Montraveous Little averaged 12 points in three games while seniors Greg Pietrzak and John Kelly each averaged over seven points per game.

The Sentinels hope that back-to-back home games will right the ship. They hosted Elmwood Park yesterday and will welcome Reed-Custer at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the first game in Interstate Eight Conference play. Next week, the team will go on the road for games at Wilmington (Tuesday) and Manteno (Friday).

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