Last weekend had a lot of potential for the Addison Trail boys basketball team. The Blazers hosted defending conference champion Proviso East on Friday and played in its own pre-holiday tournament final on Saturday. AT lost both games, missing out on the opportunity for two truly memorable victories.
Proviso East escaped Addison with a 71-69 win in overtime. For the Blazers to come that close against a team that beat them by 55 and 26 points in two meetings last year is a sign of relative progress, but won’t be much consolation to the Blazers. Kailin Fisher hit a game-winning shot with 2.5 seconds left in the overtime. James Pupillo scored 17 points for AT.
A day later Lake Park won AT’s pre-holiday tournament with a 57-47 victory over the Blazers. AT trailed by as many as 14 points in the second quarter and climbed within four in the fourth, but came up short. Pupillo led the team again with 22 points.
The Broncos fell to IC Catholic 49-45 on Dec. 20. In the first game at Glenbard West’s holiday tournament on Monday, Montini lost to Leyden 64-56 despite 14 points from Terrance Williams and 12 each from Tom McGillicuddy and Nile Sykes.
The Warriors dropped the opener of the Glenbard West Holiday Tournament 57-38 to Hoffman Estates on Monday and lost to St. Francis 57-41 on Thursday.
Oak Park-River Forest was no match for the Broncos in the opener of the Montini Christmas Tournament on Monday. Montini won 77-40.
The Warriors’ undefeated start to the season came to a close in a 38-32 loss to Sycamore on Dec. 20. Molly Krawczykowski scored 14 points in the loss. Willowbrook also lost to Glenbrook South 62-41 in the opener of Wheaton North’s tournament on Monday despite 11 points from Krawczykowski. The Warriors bounced back with a 75-31 win over Elgin in the consolation bracket.
The Rams lost to powerhouse Glenbard North 58-6 on Dec. 20. De’Andre Johnson picked up East’s only match victory by winning via fall at heavyweight.
Niko Rocha and Bobby Carson both won tournament titles at Lake Park on Saturday. The Blazers were third out of 17 teams.
The Blazers grabbed third out of seven teams as host of the Winter Tumbleland Invitational on Saturday. AT scored 131.45 points and was led by Kennedy O’Neill, who was third in the all-around with a score of 34.65.
Cassidy McFarlane was second in the all-around at Addison Trail’s Winter Tumbleland Invitational on Saturday. Her score of 35.10 put her one point off of first place. The Warriors scored 129.2 points and were fifth out of seven teams.
Led by all-arounder Veronika Srey, the Rams took fourth out of nine teams at the Illinois Best Invitational at Wheaton Warrenville South. Srey was fourth in the all-around with a 34.00 total.