Boys Basketball: Sandburg falls to Plainfield East 55-42
By Michael O’Brien email@example.com January 25, 2014 7:44PM
Updated: February 27, 2014 6:53AM
Sandburg earned an invitation to the When Sides Collide Shootout at Glenbard East because it was expected to be one of the area’s top teams, featuring Marquette recruit Malek Harris.
Things didn’t turn out that way. Harris was dismissed from the team before the season for a disciplinary issue. The season hasn’t gone quite as planned, but junior Niko Kogionis stepped up and gave the fans in Lombard something to watch.
The 6-foot-2 guard put on a shooting display, draining 5-of-9 three-pointers. He finished with 19 points.
It wasn’t enough, though, as Plainfield East sharpshooter Aaron Jordan countered with four threes of his own and 24 points to lead the Bengals to a 55-42 win.
According to the Sandburg coaching staff, Kogionis drained eight three-pointers in a varsity game last season.
Plainfield East (11-7) led by 10 after three quarters. Kogionis’ jumper with 4:49 left threatened to start a late Sandburg surge, but Jordan responded with back-to-back threes to essentially seal the win.
Niko Cahue added 15 points and eight rebounds for Sandburg (6-11).
Nick Novak scored eight points and sophomore Elyjah Goss added six points and seven boards for Plainfield East.
“We’ve had some ups and downs this season,” Plainfield East coach Branden Adkins said. “We’ve been playing some good basketball and I think we’re getting better.”