Mundelein outlasts St. Viator 94-90
By Patrick Z. McGavin Special to The News-Sun February 17, 2013 8:12PM
Updated: February 17, 2013 8:15PM
Mundelein takes offense to a whole new art form. “When we’re out running and getting into transition, that’s when we are at our best,” star Mundelein senior forward Sean O’Brien said.
In an offensive explosion, the Mustangs drilled 10 three-pointers to establish a massive lead and then withstood a monumental performance by St. Viator star Ore Arogundade in pulling out the riveting 94-90 victory in the Conference Challenge Classic Sunday at Gordon Tech.
The game proved a mirror of last year’s notable sectional semifinal that saw the Mustangs prevail 92-88. O’Brien scored 11 of his 24 points in the first quarter as Mundelein ran out to a 23-7 lead five minutes into the game.
Senior forward Chino Ebuba, an athletic 6-5 wing, scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Mustangs (14-13). O’Brien’s beautiful halfcourt alley oop dunk in the first quarter was one of five dunks he recorded. “With this team, all I have to do is run and I’m going to be able to get something at the offensive end,” he said.
Mundelein needed every individual offensive contribution it collected in order to offset the spectacular performance of Arogundade, the 6-3 junior wing who poured in a career-high 45 points. “I try to be aggressive with the basketball and do things for my teammates all the time,” Arogundade said. “We got behind and I just wasn’t able to make enough plays out there.”
Mundelein survived despite allowing a stunning 41-point quarter by the Lions. Guard Quinn Polora scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half. His three-pointer seemingly put the game out of reach for a 77-58 advantage with just over six minutes to play.
“Even though it was a 19-point deficit, it was more like eight points because of the number of possessions,” St. Viator coach Mike Howland said.
Oregundade scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, willing the Lions (17-8) back into the game. Senior guard Patrick Martin (17 points) hit consecutive three-pointers for a one-possession game. Polaro converted eight consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter to preserve the Mustangs’ victory.