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AT starts fast, holds off Willowbrook

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 11:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 4:35 p.m. CDT

VILLA PARK – It wasn't a performance that would win any beauty contests, but after dropping a number of close games earlier this season, Addison Trail will take wins however they come.

The Blazers won the District 88 rivalry game at Willowbrook 48-39 Tuesday night. AT started the game on an 11-2 run, but the Warriors hung tough the rest of the game.

"I don't know if I would exactly call it entertaining from a spectator standpoint, but two teams were battling out there," AT coach Brendan Lyons said. "At least we came out with the W after the game. You try to stress the positive."

Joe Kurucar led the Blazers (11-14, 6-4 West Suburban Gold) with 16 points. Joe Villasenor scored 13 points.

Both players stepped up in the scoring category while leading scorer James Pupillo scored just four points and left the game in the fourth quarter after taking an elbow that gave him a bloody nose.

Willowbrook (2-21, 0-11 WSG) was led by Chris Poole (13 points), Kyle Rushing (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Jake Burns (11 points).

"I like the way we played tonight," Willowbrook coach Chris Perkins said. "We won the rebounding battle. We won the turnover battle. It came down to the end of the game. We were unable to make any big shots down the stretch."

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