Boys Basketball: Three things learned
January 22, 2014 8:48PM
Updated: February 24, 2014 12:43PM
1. Eisenhower continues to struggle. At 5-13, it’s safe to say Eisenhower has not met expectations. Some viewed the Cardinals as a contender in the South Suburban Red. Coach Mike Curta remains an advocate of the Grinnell System which, on offense, stresses to fire up a shot — preferably a three-pointer — within 12 seconds of each possession and, on defense, providing constant fullcourt pressure. Also in the system the team substitutes five players every 45 seconds. Last season the Cards finished 6-19.
2. Keep an eye on Mount Carmel. It’s more than just a coincidence the Caravan has won four straight since Christian Searles, who was injured during the football team’s Class 7A state championship game, returned to the lineup. Searles led the team in scoring a season ago, but with David Nichols lighting it up to the tune of nearly 20 points per game, Searles can focus more on ballhandling and providing a lethal secondary scoring option.
3. Sandburg is coming on. The Eagles were at 4-9 before recording wins over Stagg and Crete-Monee within 72 hours. The loss of Malik Harris left a gaping hole. But upending the Chargers and Warriors shows Sandburg is capable of competing against talented teams. Niko Kogionis, Niko Cahue, Alec Martinez and Eric Straka had strong performances in the aforementioned wins.