By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
After witnessing a buzzer beater in the first game of the Lisle High School Basketball Tournament, the 2-0 University-High Maroons stormed the court on Friday night with one thing on their mind, “A blow out victory,” said assistant coach Rob Ley.
The Maroons would make Ley look like a prophet as they dominated the Lions of Lisle High School 52-36 in their second game of the season.
Before the game, U-High head coach Marlo Finner expressed the importance of his team being tough-minded to start the game. He would lay a majority of that responsibility and philosophy on the shoulders of 6 foot 9 inch forward, no. 33 Max Rothschild, and 6-foot, 4-inch junior guard/forward, No. 10 Jordan Moran. Both players dominated their opponents on the defensive end of the floor in the first half, generating five steals (Moran) and six blocks (Rothschild), helping the Maroons build a 10-point lead at the half at 31-21.
“In practice, our coach places a point of emphasis on help defense,” said Moran.
“We made a couple of mistakes early on with a couple of unforced turnovers that kept them close, but we were able to put pressure on their ball-handlers which I believe was a weakness for [Lisle],” Moran said.
In the second half, the Maroons were led by the hot shooting of 5-foot, 10-inch senior Jonathan King, who drained a game-high four three-pointers on 4-7 shooting from behind the arc and would lead all scorers with 17 points.
“Jonathan knocked down some clutch shots,” said coach Finner.
“Our offense created good spacing on the floor which gave us some good looks at the basket,” Finner said.
To add insult to injury, senior Max Rothschild would put his own punctuation mark on the game as he elevated over Lions 6-foot, 8-inch defender, No. 32 Jeremy Glavanovits, with a one-hand tomahawk slam that put the game away for good.
“That was a great play,” said Rothschild about the dunk.
“I just wish I didn’t pick up the tech for taunting afterwards. I was pumped.”
Final Score: U-High 52, Lisle 36