Naperville North turns back Oswego East’s rally
By Matt Le Cren For Sun-Times Media November 20, 2012 10:04PM
Oswego East's Scooter Smith and Naperville North's Bryan LoLordo battle for a loose ball. | Mike Mantucca ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 22, 2012 6:28AM
Naperville North lost its mojo in a hurry but got it back just as quickly Tuesday night.
The host Huskies blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter before rallying for a 64-59 victory at the Hoops for Healing Tournament.
Naperville North (1-1) appeared to be in control after Zack Tuxhorn made two free throws to give them a 45-29 lead with 7:45 left in the final period. But Oswego East (0-2) went on a 20-0 run to surge in front, 49-45 with 3:34 to go.
“They’re a great team,” Naperville North guard Bryan LoLordo said. “We know that. They love to pressure, so we just had to get composed and regain the lead and come back and get out with a ‘W.’”
LoLordo played a leading role in that effort. He scored all of his team-leading 13 points in the second half, including eight down the stretch. The senior bounced in a three-pointer off the back iron with 2:54 remaining to give the Huskies a 50-49 lead.
After JP Riley took a charge, Anthony Rehayem sank a trey of his own and LoLordo later added another three-pointer and a pair of free throws as part of a 17-6 run.
“Things weren’t falling for me first half,” LoLordo said. “I was struggling but something clicked that second half and I’m just thankful that the shots started falling.”
Derek Westman had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies, while Rehayem and Jelani McClain each scored 10 points. McClain added five rebounds and four assists.
“Coach (Jeff Powers) tells us (we) can’t lose two in a row, so we went out there and battled today and we’re looking to battle tomorrow for another ‘W’,” LoLordo said.
CJ Vaughan tallied 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half and chipped in eight rebounds for Oswego East, which also got 15 points from Tyler Ross and 12 from Kendall Dorsey.
The tournament continues Wednesday at Oswego with Naperville North facing Andrew and Oswego East playing Benet. Benet defeated Andrew 54-44 Tuesday behind 22 points from Sean O’Mara and 15 from Collin Pellettieri.