Frustrating losses pile up for LT boys basketball

Team falls in conference opener, then to area-rival

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By DANIEL HEIM

An 0-2 record doesn't explain how bad this weekend was for Lyons coach Conte Stamas.

"From a mental approach, that was the worst game I've been part of," Stamas said after Lyons' 62-50 loss at Oak Park Friday night. "We didn't know what offense we were in. We didn't know what defense we were in. I'm disappointed that we were not ready for this game. I'm irate over that."

Stamas's frustration grew to the point that he pulled a couple of his starters with Lyons (3-2, 0-1 West Suburban Silver) trailing in the fourth quarter.

"I'm never going to give up, but I'm not going to watch that, what was being done out there by a few certain individuals," he said. "If they're not going to do what I tell them to do, they're not going to play for me."

Despite a horrid first half, the Lions trailed by just two at the break. "We should have been down by 15 at halftime. We were incredibly fortunate to be down just two," Stamas said. "I told them, 'If you play a little bit in the second half, you might be OK.' But we didn't."

Mark Skorvanek scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Lions trimmed a 16-point deficit to nine, but his team got no closer.

Lyons led 7-2 with a minute left in the first quarter, before a 13-0 OPRF run gave the Huskies a 15-7 lead. But the Lions responded with a 7-0 run of their own to get back in the game, and it was 22-20 at halftime.

OPRF's Daniel Barnes scored 11 quick points at the beginning of the third quarter and Lyons trailed by 12 after three. That appeared to be a comfortable lead for OPRF, because Lyons scored seven, 13, and 10 points in the first three quarters, respectively, and at that pace would have needed to pitch a fourth quarter shutout to have a chance at victory. But, led by Skorvanek, the Lions scored 20 in the fourth. The Huskies' Lamont Sanders scored 12 points in the period to keep his team ahead.

Three players?"Skorvanek, Mike Scavuzzo (14 points), and Nick Pavilonis (14 points)?"combined for over 80 percent of Lyons' offense. James Murrey was next with four points, though he was held to a few minutes of action because of foul trouble and because he's recovering from a stress fracture.

Lyons lost 73-59 to Riverside-Brookfield Saturday, with Murrey leading the team with 12 points. RB had four players in double figures, including Jonathan Baldermann (22 points).

The Lions return to conference play Friday night at Hinsdale Central, and then travel to Thornwood for a non-conference game on Saturday.

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