WEST CHICAGO – Geneva sophomore Nate Navigato scored 11 of his career-high 25 points in the final three minutes on Saturday, helping the Geneva boys basketball team salt away a 55-44 win against Addison Trail at the West Chicago Tournament.
Navigato was tournament MVP as the Vikings closed a 5-0 run at the season-opening tournament. Addison Trail cut a 10-point deficit to four during the fourth quarter before Navigato helped stabilize the Vikings.
"I thought he did a great job of looking for his shot and commanding the ball late in the game, and that's what we needed," Vikings coach Phil Ralston said.
Navigato added eight rebounds to the cause, while Geneva senior center Connor Chapman had nine points and six rebounds.
Geneva is idle until opening conference play Friday against rival Batavia.
Joliet West Tournament: Aurora Central Catholic beat Rich South, 72-67 in overtime, to take third place. Phil Schuetz (23 points) and Anthony Andujar (17) led the way for ACC (3-1).
Wheaton Academy Tournament: Wheaton Academy won the tournament title, beating Bartlett, 75-68, in overtime. The Warriors made 39 of 49 free throws on the night and were led by 22 points from Gordon Behr and 20 from Brandon Ruggles.
State Farm Tournament of Champions: At Washington, for the first time this season, Mooseheart's offense and defense worked in sync, and the result was the Ramblers' first victory of the campaign. Playing in the fifth-place game of the Uftring Auto Group Invitational of the State Farm Tournament of Champions at Washington High School, Mooseheart (1-2) limited Springfield offensively in a wire-to-wire 50-37 victory.
Offensively, the spark was junior Makur Puou, who scored 14 points in the first half and finished with a 21-point, 21-rebound, seven-block effort.
“I think we accomplished what we wanted to in this tournament,” Mooseheart coach Ron Ahrens said. “We got better every game against some high quality competition.”
In losses to Dickson County (Tenn.) and Grandview (Mo.), Mooseheart's offense had struggled – but that was not the case against Springfield. The Senators tied the score 2-2 in the games's opening minutes, but the Ramblers then rattled off eight straight points and were never in trouble again.
Morton Tournament: Batavia finished the two-day tournament with a 2-2 record, winning its last two games against Normal, 76-42, and Moline, 71-45.
Six Bulldogs played in double figures against Normal as Batavia outscored Normal, 40-16, in the second half. In the Moline win, Liza Fruendt had 23 points for the Bulldogs (3-2), followed by Hannah Frazier (12) and Erin Bayram and Miranda Grizaffi (11 apiece).
Naperville Central Quad: Batavia defeated host Naperville Central (34-19) and Lane Tech (42-36) but fell to Downers Grove South (42-16). Batavia's Joey Shump won all three of his matches at 126 pounds.