Boys Basketball: Lemont gets past Evergreen Park
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media December 19, 2013 9:56PM
Lemont’s Ethan Chester (left) and Mike Wisz are off to the races after Wisz nabs his second steal of the night in a 47-42 victory over Evergreen Park. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 21, 2014 11:31AM
Lemont senior Ethan Chester said the last time he had an offensive output like this was in sixth grade when he played for Hinsdale Middle School.
He picked a good time for it as far as his team is concerned.
Chester came off the bench and scored 18 points, including seven in the final 6 minutes, 28 seconds, to lead the Indians to a 47-42 road victory over winless Evergreen Park on Thursday night in a South Suburban crossover.
“My role is to come off the bench and give the team energy,” the 6-foot-3 forward said. “The most important thing is keeping your head in these close games. We have major talent on this team with some very good seniors, juniors and sophomores.”
Chester added seven rebounds for the Indians. He said that he didn’t play much in seventh or eighth grade put picked the game back up a season after he moved to Lemont his freshman year.
“I don’t know if he’s trying to tell me he wants to start but he played really hard tonight,” Lemont coach Rick Runaas said. “He played guys who were stronger and longer than him all night.’’
Entering the night, the Indians (6-3, 3-1) were in a five-way tie for second place in the seven-team Red division with a 2-1 mark.
They led for most of the first three quarters until Jordan Brown’s basket with 1:13 left in the first put host Evergreen Park ahead 35-34.
The teams changed leads seven times before Austen Gumber hit a basket with 1:27 left and two free throws with 47 seconds left.
Mike Wisz added 13 points for Lemont and was in foul trouble most of the second half. Jack Valone had four assists.
Evergreen Park fell to 0-5 and 0-4 in the conference. Coach Pat Flannigan said the Mustangs were in position to win games against T.F. North (a 53-51 double overtime loss Dec. 10), T.F. South (a 63-61 loss in the final 1.2 seconds Dec. 6) and Chicago Christian (52-51 Dec. 3).
The Mustangs missed six free throws in the fourth quarter Thursday.
Junior Isaac Matthews had 15 points and Tony Weathersby added 14 for Evergreen Park.
The Mustangs hope to earn their first victory at the Immaculate Conception Tournament, which begins Thursday in Elmhurst.