WESTMONT – Westmont’s boys basketball team may be without one of its top playmakers for the remainder of the season.
During the third quarter an Interstate Eight Conference tournament game against Sandwich on Friday, point guard Danny LoGiurato injured his knee and had to be helped from the court. Although the Sentinels went on to win the game, 62-48, the status of their starting set-up man remains in question.
An official prognosis on the senior – who also runs track and plays football – has yet to be determined, but head coach Craig Etheridge stated that what initially seemed like a bruise could be more severe.
“At first, [doctors and trainers] thought that he suffered a deep tissue bruise,” Etheridge said. “But they are now speculating that it might be a bruised or damaged ACL. We are still waiting to get a final medical report.
“You never wish that type of injury upon anyone. But for Danny – who planned to run track this spring and was considering playing college football – it is especially terrible news. We are now just hoping for the best.”
Without LoGiurato, the Sentinels were victorious on Friday, but were not as successful the following day against Reed-Custer in a 92-74 loss that ended their tournament run.
Several players made key contributions as Westmont (6-14, 2-5) jumped out to 34-29 halftime lead against Sandwich, then recorded the first eight points of the third quarter as the Sentinels extended their advantage to double digits.
John Kelly led the Sentinels with 21 points. Montraveous Little chipped in 13 points while Greg Pietrzak had 11. Center Adam Berg scored eight points off the bench.
“The game against Sandwich was one of our most complete efforts of the season,” Etheridge said. “Our starters played well and we received some nice contributions from our bench. Danny’s injury in the third quarter was the only blemish.”
His starting point guard unable to suit up the next day against tournament No. 2 seed Reed-Custer, Etheridge had to juggle the starting rotation.
With the game tied 18-18 after the first quarter, starters Kelly, Little and Pietrzak all got into foul trouble, forcing Westmont to turn to the bench. The subs hung tough, but could not keep up with Reed-Custer’s uptempo offense.
The Westmont boys are in the midst of a 12-day break from game action before hosting rival Lisle in an I-8 clash Feb. 7.