Boys Basketball: Sandburg shows improvement
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org March 5, 2013 7:54PM
Updated: April 7, 2013 6:20AM
Sandburg coach Todd Allen couldn’t hide his disappointment after Friday’s 55-32 regional final loss to Stagg. A 23-point loss to the District 230 rival Chargers wasn’t quite the way Allen wanted to enter the offseason.
“I hope we learn from this and use it as motivation during the offseason,” Allen said. “We got out of our game plan and rushed shots.”
Sandburg’s 10-17 season doesn’t tell the entire story. The Eagles were 0-11 at one point while junior Malek Harris served an 11-game suspension.
Once Harris, a 6-foot-7 do-it-all standout returned to action, the Eagles went 10-6. With a few bounces along the way, Sandburg could have added even a few more victories to the win column.
Along with Harris, who is being recruited by numerous Division I programs, Sandburg figures to return starters Niko Cahue, Alec Martinez and Niko Kogionis. If the Eagles can add some depth to the roster, they may compete for the top spot in the SouthWest Suburban Blue.
“If the kids work hard during the offseason, I think we can be a very good team,” Allen said. “I really like the kids we have coming back and some of the kids coming up from the lower levels.”
St. Rita also in reload mode
Another team to watch out for next season is St. Rita. The Mustangs lost to DuSable in the Class 4A St. Rita Regional title game.
Coach Gary DeCesare, though, can look forward to having back Vic Law, Charles and Dominique Matthews and Myles Carter — all Division I prospects — for the 2013-14 season.
H-F’s season ends abruptly
The biggest upset of the postseason was Homewood-Flossmoor (21-6) losing to Sandburg in the regional semifinals. To compound matters, a few of the Vikings players didn’t handle the loss very well. In fact, the father of one of those players could be seen at center court after the game scolding his son.
“It was a great season. We had 21 wins and started the season 10-0,” H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said. “I’m a little disappointed we didn’t play our best basketball against Sandburg. When you don’t play your best basketball in March, you go home.”