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Prep Roundup: Marmion boys basketball drops third-place game to West Chicago

Published: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 8:48 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The third-place game at the Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament on Friday night featured a rematch between the Marmion and West Chicago boys basketball teams.

Earlier in the season, the teams met at the West Chicago Thanksgiving tournament with the Wildcats winning, 80-68.

On Friday night, history repeated itself as the Wildcats once again wound up victorious, 92-73, despite 23 points from Marmion junior guard Jordan Glasgow.

With the exception of a 19-18 lead in the first quarter, Marmion trailed the entire game, including a 19-point deficit at halftime.

The play of Glasgow (who scored 20 of his points in the second half) kept the Cadets within striking distance, trimming West Chicago’s lead to 12 several times in the fourth quarter. 

However, each time it appeared Marmion was fighting its way back into the game, West Chicago was able to respond with a basket of its own on the other end.  

A main reason West Chicago was able to withstand Glasgow’s barrage was the play of senior John Konchar. Konchar, who scored a school-record 49 points last week against South Elgin, was able to shake off a slow start to the game, with only two points in the first quarter, to finish with 30 to lead all scorers.    

“Early in the game, we wanted to force the ball out of his hands and we did, but to his credit he was able to effectively involve his teammates,” Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said. “He is a fantastic passer and he was finding the open guy for layups, so even though he wasn’t scoring, they still were.”   

Mike Bibbs added 29 points for West Chicago.

The loss drops Marmion to 4-8 while West Chicago improved to 9-6. 

Plano tournament: Aurora Christian downed Newark, 62-53, to earn a spot in a semifinal tonight against top-seeded Ottawa. R.D. Lutze scored 25 points and had nine rebounds and Zach Singer added 16 points for the Eagles.

In other Plano action, Burlington Central topped Yorkville, 75-64, to advance to the other semifinal against Morris.

Proviso West tournament: Wheaton Academy dropped a consolation matchup against Urban Prep West, 59-50. Wheaton Academy (8-4) was led by 20 points and 14 rebounds from Gordon Behr and 12 points by Josh Ruggles. Urban Prep led by as many as 22 points.

East Aurora tournament: Aurora Central Catholic dropped a pool-play matchup against Prosser, 79-71, despite Sean Harreld’s 25 points. Andy Czerak added 18 points for ACC.

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Wheaton North tournament: St. Charles East edged Schaumburg, 51-49, as the Saints regrouped down the stretch after squandering a 34-18 halftime lead.

Amanda Hilton (16 points) and Kyra Washington and Katelyn Claussner (14 points each) paved the way to victory for East (7-7), which will face Willowbrook in today’s consolation final.

Dundee-Crown tournament: Burlington Central and St. Charles North were both winners in consolation play, earning a meeting with one another today.

Central (10-1) topped host Dundee-Crown, 56-44, behind 14 points apiece from Samantha Pryor and Alison Colby.

St. Charles North got 25 points from Nichole Davidson as the North Stars (7-8) upended Resurrection, 56-41.

Dixon tournament: Kaneland blew past Freeport Aquin, 45-28, as Camri Conley, Kelly Wallner and Amber Winquist Bailey each scored nine points for the Knights (7-7).

Elsewhere in play at Dixon, Aurora Christian handled Rochelle, 52-39, as Alyssa Andersen reached the 1,000 point mark for her Eagles career. Aurora Christian and Kaneland will meet today in a consolation semifinal.

• Jay Kafer contributed to this report.

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