LA GRANGE – Riding an eight-game winning streak, spirits were high within the Downers Grove North boys basketball team entering the weekend.
But back-to-back double-digit losses to conference opponents Friday and Saturday may have stopped the team’s momentum.
On Friday, Proviso West beat the Trojans 56-45. A day later, Lyons Township knocked off DGN 63-41. Both Proviso West and LT completed season sweeps of the Trojans in West Suburban Silver action.
“We haven’t beaten anybody on the road of this caliber, so we haven’t really accomplished the things that we could accomplish at the beginning of the season,” coach Jim Thomas said. “We have to get better.”
The Trojans (12-7, 2-6 West Suburban Silver) scored the first six points of the game against Lyons Township, which now holds the lead in the conference, but gave up the next seven and trailed 19-16 after a quarter. Jordon Kedrowski scored 10 points in the quarter and finished with a team-high 13 points.
The Lions closed the second quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 34-22 lead into halftime. LT expanded the lead to 21 points after three quarters and never looked back.
The weekend results were a sharp change from how the Trojans played during the winning streak, but part of that is because of stronger opposition.
“The competition has gotten a little better,” Thomas said after the LT loss. “As you get back into conference for sure. These guys outclassed us.
“Double weekend on the road, [we] didn’t get the job done. By that standard we’re not good enough. They’re both teams in the sectional.”
As DGN heads into the final month of the regular season, the Trojans are hoping to play their best in the postseason. In the Aurora East sectional, DGN is grouped with five West Suburban Silver opponents, district rival Downers Grove South, who the Trojans host Saturday, and other quality teams like West Aurora and Benet.
The biggest disappointment from the weekend’s results was that the Trojans played both Proviso West and Lyons Township closer in earlier meetings this season. Both of those losses in December were by seven points or less.
“We played poor defense,” Thomas said. “We couldn’t guard their best players again after they had 50 at our place, so we haven’t gotten much better since the last time we played them.”