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After tough weekend, AT boys end long layoff Tuesday vs. Willowbrook

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 3:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 4:40 p.m. CDT
(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
Addison Trail forward Taylor White drives to the basket in a Jan. 31 game against Downers Grove South. The Blazers lost twice last weekend and will play District 88 rival Willowbrook on Tuesday.

ADDISON – For all of the progress the Addison Trail boys basketball team has shown this season, the Blazers still had to swallow a harsh dose of reality last weekend.

AT lost two games to very good teams, the Blazers’ first back-to-back losses since the start of the 2014 calendar year.

West Suburban Gold foe Proviso East throttled the Blazers 66-36 on Feb. 7. The next day, AT traveled to Milwaukee’s Bradley Central, home of the Milwaukee Bucks, and lost to Maine South, 55-35.

"Not much good on our end," AT coach Brendan Lyons said. "It was just a bad weekend and we got to move on."

Both Proviso East and Maine South are in first place in their respective conferences with undefeated records in league play.

This is an empty weekend on the schedule for the Blazers. AT’s next game is Tuesday at District 88 rival Willowbrook, which will come 10 days after the Maine South game. The Blazers won the previous meeting against Willowbrook, 79-57, on Jan. 25.

"A win Tuesday won't impact us too much in terms of seeding and we're not chasing a conference title, but we do have a lot of things to play for," Lyons said. "We have three conference games left and three wins puts us at 8-4, which would put us right around second place."

The Blazers have a 10-14 overall record but carry a winning 5-4 mark in the West Suburban Gold. AT is tied for third in the league with Downers Grove South and Hinsdale South.

After facing Willowbrook, the Blazers will travel to Morton on Feb. 21 and close out conference play the next day against Hinsdale South. AT defeated both of those teams earlier this season.

The Willowbrook game is the last game for the Blazers before playoff seeds come out Thursday.

"Hopefully we can get on a roll here and play our best basketball for the postseason," Lyons said.

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