New Trier 81 Taft 52
Kevin Siudut(6-7,sr, C) and Princeton bound Steven Cook(6-4) of New Trier.
Taft had a good start and actually led 15-14 in the first quarter. But after that it was all New Trier. The Trevians ended the first quarter with 6 straight free throws followed by a Jordan Thomas(so) half court shot. In the second quarter, despite star Dartmouth bound Conor Boehm(sr) sitting out with 2 fouls, New Trier extended their lead to about 16 at the half. Taft's John Joyce(so- 6/5 G/F) started the game with 3 3 pointers.
New Trier is most known for its two big men 6-7 Boehm and Austin Angler(6-4,sr), but what really hurt Taft was the play of it's guards Princeton bound Steven Cook, sophomore Jordan Thomas(5-10, G), and #1 David Bragiel(5-10, sr). Their stifling defense caused numerous turnovers by Taft guards Taylor Kuehn(sr), Pierrenzo Pozzi(sr), and Joshua Doss(sr).
John Joyce(so) led Taft with about 16 points, but fouled out of the game early in the 4th quarter after getting a technical foul for hanging on the rim.
Taft plays Lane Tech on Monday in a make up game. Taft needs to win if it wants to stay in the hunt for the Red-North crown. I will say that after today, I still feel Taft is a good team, but their guard play seems susceptible to a good defense and Lane has a good defense.