LOMBARD – Jaron Hall's spot on the all-tournament team at York's Jack Tosh Holiday Classic tournament was a bright spot for Glenbard East's boys basketball team.
So was the fact that the Rams were competitive in every game.
Unfortunately, the Rams won one game via a blowout and lost three close contests.
The Rams dropped the opener 55-47 to Riverside Brookfield after leading entering the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs closed the game on a 15-5 run to knock off East.
"We just got worn down at the end," Glenbard East coach Scott Miller said. "I thought the first half enabled us to get the lead. We outrebounded them. I thought the second half they were outrebounding us. They made a couple nice adjustments doubling Jaron Hall. Those are things that other guys got to step up at that point."
Hall scored 25 points in that game and averaged 20.8 points per game in the Rams' four games at the tournament.
The senior guard scored 25 points in an overtime loss to Kenwood on Dec. 27. Patrick Peterkin had a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds) in that game.
The Rams got in the win column against Bremen, 70-33, on Saturday. Senior center Darryl Jones led the team with 16 points and had 12 rebounds. Peterkin struggled to score at the same rate as the previous game, but grabbed 16 rebounds.
With a chance to finish the tournament with a .500 record, Glenbard East lost 53-50 to Rolling Meadows on Monday. The Rams again led entering the fourth quarter, but slumped down the stretch. The Mustangs scored the first 12 points of the fourth and held off a late run by East when Hall's 3-pointer at the buzzer hit the back rim and bounced out.
"We just didn't come out and play with the energy we did our previous three games," Miller said. "I don't know if we were tired, but they were tired, too. It was too little, too late. We got to go back to the drawing board, take what we learned from this and continue to get better."
Miller said the point of the tournament was to see daily progress from his team. While the continued solid play of Hall and Peterkin, just a sophomore, are bright spots this year, the Rams have struggled to win games despite being in many down the stretch.
"We're making progress towards the end," Hall said. "We kept fighting the whole game and we just got to keep it up."
East's record sits at 3-10 and it has a week off before returning to action Jan. 10 at Wheaton North.
Tournament results and leading scorers:
• Riverside Brookfield 55, Glenbard East 47: Jaron Hall 25, Michael Finley 13
• Kenwood 53, Glenbard East 52 (OT): Hall 24, Patrick Peterkin 13
• Glenbard East 70, Bremen 33: Darryl Jones 16, Hall 14
• Rolling Meadows 43, Glenbard East 40: Hall 20, Peterkin 11