Friday, February 4, 2011
TF North 67, Lemont 20. Indians have difficulty starting their offense and suffer the consequences.
Hot Read: The Lemont Indians had trouble scoring from the start in a 67-20 loss at TF North on Friday night. TF North raced to an 18-5 first-quarter lead and never looked back. The Indians were outscored 21-6 in the second quarter and trailed 39-11 at half. From there, TF North sailed to its 13th victory. Patch's MVP: TF North's Monteroy Rice (16 points, 9 rebounds). Key Stats: TF North had three players in double figures. The Indians sat starters Paulus Otruskevicius and Matt Lepowski due to injuries. TF North Leaders: Deandre Lowery (10 points) Demarco Gunn (10 points). Lemont Leaders: Bill Luzzo (5 points) Evan Bridwell (3 points). Quotable: "We got absolutely crushed," Lemont coach Rick Runaas said. "There was nothing good about this …
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Lithuania-born Paulus Otruskevicius, Antanas Rauchas and Germantas Valionis, as well as the rest of the junior-laden Indians, are still trying to succeed in their roles and play consistent basketball.
The Lithuanian Indians. That’s got a nice sound to it, doesn’t it? So much attention, and deservedly so, goes to Lemont’s senior standout Evan Bridwell, but eight of Lemont’s 11 boys basketball regulars are juniors who are still getting acclimated to playing in the varisty ranks. In addition to Bridwell, only senior Bill Luzzo and junior starting point guard Joe O'Brien received notable playing time last season. Paulus Otruskevicius, Antanas Rauchas and Germantas Valionis are three of those juniors whose names have been nightmarish for opposing team’s public address announcers. They also share the common bond of having been born in Lithuania before coming over to the States. At 6-2 and 195 pounds, Otruskevicius is one of the Indians …
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Lemont sinks 6 of 6 free throws in the final 2:08 to seal the victory over Argo.
The longest shots Lemont’s Evan Bridwell hit on Tuesday night were from the free-throw line, and he drained a pair with 28.7 seconds left to give the Indians a two-possession lead against visiting Argo. Bridwell scored a game-high 19 points to lead Lemont past Argo, 46-45, in a South Suburban Conference crossover game. Driving layups and a put-back accounted for 14 of Bridwell’s points, while the remaining five came from the charity stripe. “I jokingly told them that all we need to do is have Evan score 30 points to win, and tonight it’s nice to win and Evan didn’t have to score 30,” Lemont coach Rick Runaas said. “They laughed about it, and we had contributions from a lot of people.” Lemont (7-9) led 34-27 after Germantas Valionis drained…
Friday, January 7, 2011
In a game of strange twists and turns, Lemont falls to Reavis, 41-28.
As basketball games go, Friday night’s South Suburban Conference crossover matchup between Lemont and Reavis in Burbank was mighty strange. Stingy, aggressive defense, poor shooting, scoring droughts and scoring streaks were among a few of the characteristics of Reavis’ 41-28 victory over the visiting Lemont Indians. The Rams (11-3, 3-2) got off to a quick start with three quick layups by their inside men before the Indians (6-9, 1-4) got on the board with their only three-pointer of the night, from guard Joe O’Brien. The Rams had a 16-9 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to excellent passing down in the low post to forward Mike Jerkovich and center Fadi Abuzir that dissected the Indians’ defense. More than half of their points …
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Indians' lead evaporates as Thompson runs another winning show for Griffins at Pheast of Phoenix tournament.
- Ken Ryan
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Lincoln-Way East boys basketball coach Rich Kolimas feels comfortable when senior point guard Michael Thompson is running the show on the court. "Michael is our captain," Kolimas said. "He's steady. He knows exactly what I want when I call something out and is a good communicator. He's level-headed, can handle the basketball and can shoot the basketball. He's solid defensively and is just a great all-around player for us." Thompson is a third-year varsity starter and is a big reason the Griffins are off to a 2-0 start this season after finishing 9-17 a year ago. He scored a game-high 13 points Tuesday to lead Lincoln-Way East to a 53-35 victory over Lemont in the Lincoln-Way North Pheast of the Phoenix Tournament. The Griffins are 2-0 in …
Indians build big lead, then hold off Phoenix in boys basketball opener.
With only a pair of players back from a year ago, there were plenty of questions surrounding the makeup of Lemont's boys basketball team this season. And while the result of Monday's opener against Lincoln-Way North has to be kept in perspective, picking up a win certainly was a good sign for the Indians. Lemont used a pair of big runs to jump out to a 21-point advantage, which was beneficial because the Phoenix staged a furious fourth-quarter rally. But, thanks to 18 points apiece from their returnees, seniors Evan Bridwell and Bill Luzzo, the Indians claimed a 65-58 win in North's Pheast of the Phoenix Tournament. "We relied on our seniors, Bill (Luzzo) and Evan (Bridwell), and they really handled the ball well in the frontcourt and the…
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Indians will plug in a number of new faces as they try to replace some household names.
One thing is for certain this winter for the Lemont boys basketball team–it's going to look different. The Indians said goodbye to standout seniors Modestas Masiulionis and Alex Nelson and only return one starter and two players overall who contributed to last season's 9-16 campaign. "We're going to be young," Lemont coach Rick Runaas said. "There will be plenty of new faces, a junior-dominated group and a lot of battling for spots." Evan Bridwell is back to lead the Indians in his senior season. Bridwell averaged 8 points and 3 rebounds a season ago. Fellow senior Bill Luzzo also returns. "I'd like to say that we can rely on Evan (Bridwell) for a certain amount of output," Runaas said. "Based on what we saw in the summer with the juniors…