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Panthers look to regroup after losing starting guard

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 10:40 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 10:43 a.m. CDT
Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com Glenbard North's Pasquale Fiduccia brings the ball down court against Glenbard East Nov. 25 during the District 87 Thanksgiving Tournament. Fiduccia injured his wrist in the game and could miss a significant portion of the season.

CAROL STREAM – A strong showing in the first week of the 2013-14 season by the Glenbard North boys basketball team was offset by some unfortunate injury news.

In the Panthers’ opening win over Glenbard East, senior starting guard Pasquale Fiduccia broke his wrist and he is expected to miss most, if not all, of the season.

“It’s very unfortunate,” Glenbard North coach Joe Larson said. “I feel bad for him. And it’s unfortunate for us as a team.

“It’s a big loss but we definitely have enough guys to do well, to have a good season.”

Glenbard North heads into Friday’s DuPage Valley Conference opener with a 3-1 record after competing at the District 87 tournament. In addition to their victory over the Rams, the Panthers also beat Glenbard South 63-57 and Glenbard West 66-53.

The squad then lost 61-44 to Hinsdale South on Saturday in a crossover game between the Hinsdale and Glenbard tournaments.

“Overall, we played pretty good basketball,” Larson said. “But we definitely have a lot to learn from and a lot to work on from those first four games.

“I thought guys responded well to the tournament. We went 3-0 and then had that hiccup on Saturday, but I know we will bounce back.”

Chip Flanigan and Justin Jackson were named to the District 87 all-tournament team.

“I’m excited about where our team is headed,” Jackson said. “We will be missing a lot with Pasquale going down, so we will need other guys to step up.

“We are going to have to try to replace him moving forward. Hopefully the seniors can keep doing a good job and hopefully some of the juniors step up.”

The Panthers will have their hands full against the Huskies on Friday.

“They also went 3-1 in their tournament,” Larson said. “It’s a very tough matchup right away to start conference. They have a bunch of shooters and they like to get up and down the floor.”

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