Glenbrook North 62 Mather 60
In my first round state boys basketball preview last Thursday, I said that this game "could be the game of the night". It sure was as Glenbrook North and Mather battled in a see saw game all night before Glenbrook North prevailed 62-60 after scoring on a driving layup with 3 seconds left in the game.
Mather had a two point lead and the ball with 1:27 left in the game, but in their last 5 possessions they had 2 turnovers, was two of five from the free throw line, and missed a desperation last second 3 point attempt at the buzzer. That type of performance won't cut it if you are going for an upset.
Travon Bell (jr, G, 6-4) led the scoring for Mather with about 20 points. Bell scored most of his points from beyond the three point-arc and is one of the top basketball players on the north side of Chicago. But Mather could not get the ball in his hands enough in the crucial last minute and a half of the game.
Mather is clearly a team with talent.Mather returns most of its starters next year- including Bell- who returns for his senior year and could be the best player in the north side when the season opens next year. I also liked the play of players who will return next year: Darius Gregory(6-3, 165lbs, jr, G/F) and Dolapo Olayinka(6-4, so, F). Mather will clearly be the team to beat in the White- North next year- now that Foreman will be in the Red-North and Taft will be in the White-North.
Other playoff scores
Foreman 73 Lake View 45
Lane 78 Roosevelt 56
Lincoln Park 64 Steinmetz 37