With a 1-5 start this season, the Lyons Township boys basketball team is trying desperately to make improvements.
Head coach Tom Sloan points to the Lions’ 59-46 loss to visiting Glenbard West on Friday as cause for building-block optimism. With seven minutes remaining in the third quarter, LT guard David Reed canned a three-pointer to give the Lions a 30-28 lead against the Hilltoppers. Glenbard West (6-0, 2-0 West Suburban [Silver] Conference), a contender with its imposing front line of 6-foot-9 center Pat Mazza and 6-foot-6 brothers Michael and Matthew Mache to win the West Suburban Silver, responded with a six-point spurt en route to the victory.
Senior swingman Matt Robare paced LT with a team-high 12 points, while senior guard Kenny Smith scored 10 points and Reed chipped in nine points. Michael Mache and Matthew Mache tallied 21 and 15 points, respectively, and Mazza notched six points, seven rebounds and four blocks in the paint for the Hilltoppers.
“I thought we played well [against Glenbard West] particularly in the first half,” Sloan said. “Glenbard West has a frontline of players that are 6-9, 6-6 and 6-6, and they bring two 6-5 guys off the bench so their size was tough to deal with. Our biggest bugaboo this season, though, has been we’re shooting a low field goal parentage. We’re getting guys open, but just not knocking down enough shots.”
Lyons connected on just 15 of 48 shots from the floor against Glenbard West.
On Saturday, the Lions dropped another home game as Sandburg pulled out a 41-36 win. Chris O’Reilly scored a team-high 10 points for the Lions, who struggled offensively, especially in the third quarter. LT scored just three points in the frame.
The Lions visit York on Friday (7:30 p.m.) and host Prospect on Saturday (6 p.m.) at the North Campus Fieldhouse.
“I’ve been telling our guys not to put their heads down and get hung up on our record,” said Sloan, who coached the Lions to 52 wins in 57 games the previous two seasons. “I hope we can get a win against York for our kids’ mental well-being. They are working hard. It’s my job as a coach/psychiatrist to see how we can learn from our mistakes and stay positive.”