Knights lose at buzzer in FVC Fox opener
By P.J. Bonato Special to The News-Sun January 6, 2013 4:28PM
Grayslake Saturday, 1/5/13 Grayslake North's Danny Mateling (23) drives past Woodstock North's Jr Ortiz (22) during the first quarter of Saturday evening's game. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 8, 2013 1:15AM
Grayslake North overcame a poor first quarter and a poor third quarter.
But the Knights couldn’t overcome a poor final 30 seconds and wound up losing 62-60 to visiting Woodstock North on Saturday in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division opener for both boys basketball teams.
The Knights (9-5) fell behind 22-14 when the Thunder hit 10-of-13 shots in the first quarter, but battled back to within 33-29 at the half as A.J. Fish had 11 of his 18 points in the second period.
Then, after Woodstock North opened up a 48-38 lead in the third period, Danny Mateling (game-high 25 points) bombed home a pair of three-pointers to trigger a rally that eventually led to a 60-57 Knight lead in the final minute.
That’s when the game came unraveled.
Mateling’s two free throws with 47 seconds left made it 60-57, but Steven Whiting (14 points) hit a three-ball for the Thunder with 29 seconds left to tie it.
Grayslake North took a timeout to set up a final shot, but turned the ball over to give Woodstock North the final chance.
The Thunder didn’t miss, as Junior Ortiz hit a runner in the lane at the buzzer for the win.
“Give Woodstock credit. They played and shot the ball really well,” said Grayslake coach Todd Grunloh. “Defensively, we gave them too many open looks at the basket.”
The coach said it did seem like his club had control of the game late, but surrendered some big shots and didn’t make enough free throws.
As for his team’s final play, which ended with a turnover, Grunloh said, “We had a play set up that we have practiced against a zone defense, but we never got in the set.”
Mateling had 13 of Grayslake’s final 20 points.
“The guys found me open and I was able to make my open shots tonight,” he said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
“We played well in the third and fourth quarters, but we didn’t play our best defense in the first quarter (Woodstock North was 10-of-13 from the field in the period) which cost us the game,” Mateling added.
Ortiz finished with 14 points for the Thunder, and Josh Jandron added 12.