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Lisle boys hitting stride prior to playoffs

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 5:30 p.m. CDT
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(Bill Ackerman)
Lisle's Shane Murray pulls down a rebound in at Feb. 7 game at Westmont. Murray and the Lions won that game and will rematch with the Sentinels in a playoff game Monday. Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com

LISLE – In what has been an up-and-down season, Lisle’s boys basketball team produced a big highlight Friday.

The Lions celebrated senior night with a 50-37 win against Herscher.

The victory against Herscher was just the tonic Lisle (5-19) needed following a 54-41 loss to Coal City on Feb. 11.

In that game, Lisle actually led 16-12 after the first quarter but gave up that lead and went into halftime trailing 26-24.

The Lions came out flat at the start of the third quarter. They scored just six points in the frame and were chasing a 37-30 deficit heading to the fourth quarter. Coal City was 12-of-16 at the foul line in the final quarter to seal the win.

Jeremy Glavanovits had 10 points and seven rebounds to lead Lisle.

After hosting Seneca yesterday, Lisle is scheduled to play its last regular season game Friday at Peotone before opening up postseason play against rival Westmont.

The Lions and Sentinels will square off at 7 p.m. Monday in an opening-round game at the Class 2A Aurora Christian regional. Lisle is the No. 4 seed at the regional, and Westmont is seeded No. 5. The winner of the game moves on to face No. 1 IC Catholic in a regional semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Neither Lisle nor Westmont will have to dig too deep in the archives to find film on its playoff opponent. The two squads squared off Feb. 7 in Westmont, with Lisle securing a 67-62 win behind 17 points from Nick Massura, 15 from Glavanovits and 10 from Shane Murray.

Lisle endured its share of struggles early in the season, but has seemingly found its stride in recent weeks. In their six games prior to yesterday’s game against Seneca, the Lions had posted a 3-3 mark.

The 6-foot-6 Glavanovits, the 6-6 Murray and 6-3 Zach Trussell provide a presence in the paint that few teams can match, which could be an advantage in the postseason.

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