Tie doesn’t break Knights’ way
By Bryan Bonato Special to The News-Sun December 30, 2012 4:46PM
Fox Lake Saturday, 12/29/12 Round Lake's Mateusz Lopez (23) and Grayslake North's Nick Carmody (0) go up after a rebound during the 1st quarter of Saturday's game at the Grant Holiday Tournament. Grayslake North won the game, 70-46. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
STANDINGS TEAM W-L
Grayslake North 4-1
Round Lake 1-4
TITLE TIEBREAKER (Fewest Points Allowed)
(Fewest Points Allowed)
Grayslake North 233
Northridge Prep 65, Grant 52
Grayslake North 70, Round Lake 46
McHenry 53, Richmond 40
Updated: February 1, 2013 6:16AM
In the end, a one-point loss to McHenry last Thursday wound up dooming Grayslake North in the Grant holiday boys basketball tournament.
The Knights (7-4 overall) pounded Round Lake 70-46 on Saturday on the final day of the six-team, round-robin tournament to finish 4-1.
That was the same record posted by Northridge Prep (which Grayslake North beat) and McHenry.
And when the tiebreaker for three teams was factored in — fewest points allowed in the five games) — it was Northridge Prep that took home the championship trophy.
“We played pretty well,” said Grayslake coach Todd Grunloh. “This is a tournament that has given us fits, and were basically were a buzzer-beater away from going 5-0.
“I thought we played well against competition we’ve historically struggled against. This is the first year we’ve actually beaten Northridge Prep. They’re a nightmare to coach against but they’re fun to watch.
“They’re about as disciplined as it gets.”
Also on Saturday, Northridge Prep beat Grant 65-52 and McHenry beat Richmond 53-40.
Grant would have had to score 68 points against Northridge Prep to give the tiebreaker to Grayslake North. A Grant win would have given McHenry the title by virtue of its last-second win over Grayslake North.
A.J> Fish had 24 points in the win over Round Lake. Danny Mateling added 14 and both made the all-tourney team.
In Grant’s loss, Ryan Noda and Mike Burns each scored 13 points.
Steve Dunning and Keion Miller were Grant’s all-tourney selections.
“I think it’s a great tourney for the teams that are in it,” said Grant coach Wayne Bosworth. “The records don’t matter so much as that they’re just good games.
“Every year, we have games that go down to the wire. It’s a fun tournament to be involved with. As far as the competition goes, especially this year, with the young team we have, it was a good tournament for our kids.”
Grant is now 7-9 overall and Round Lake is 3-12.