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Northbrook Thursday, 11/29/12 Glenbrook North's Ethan Lutz (0, Front) and Glenbrook South's Josh Arenson (5) scramble for a loose ball during the fourth quarter of Thursday's game. Glenbrook North won the game, 63-60. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times
With the game’s momentum turning and his two point guards out with injuries, Glenbrook North coach Dave Weber delivered a simple message during his team’s final timeout Thursday night against Glenbrook South.
“Calm down,” Weber said with 2:02 remaining in the game. “We have no timeouts left. And take care of the ball.”
While Weber and the Spartans had to endure Glenbrook South’s fourth quarter charge, the Spartans’ backcourt of senior Jason Markus and junior Ethan Lutz relaxed in the game’s final two minutes and led Glenbrook North to a 63-60 victory.
The game’s nail-biting end was a sharp contrast to its beginning. The Spartans (3-2) took a 13-2 lead in the first quarter, but the persistent Titans closed Glenbrook North’s lead to three points at halftime.
Weber’s team extended that lead to 14 points at the end of the third quarter. Glenbrook North went on an 11-0 run to end the third, a stretch capped by a put-back dunk by senior Andrew McAuliffe (24 points, six rebounds).
But Glenbrook South fought back in the fourth quarter and injuries to Glenbrook North seniors Kurt Karis (cramps) and Benjy Lerman (shoulder) made the game much more interesting than Weber would have liked.
“I’m happy that we won, but disappointed in how we won,” Weber said. “We should have put it away in the first quarter, but we let them back in. We should have put it away in the end of the third quarter, going into the fourth. We let them back in. They’re good. They had some big 3s, some deep shots. Overall, to finish the fourth quarter (where) two kids are hurt — both our point guards — it’s a good win for us.”
Glenbrook South was able to fight back multiple times in part because of its physical defense, but also because of senior Justin Busiel’s offense. Busiel scored a career-high 32 points in the loss.
“It’s always nice to score points, but the main thing is you’ve got to win,” Busiel said. “I would take zero points and a win over 30 points and a loss any day.”
Karis collected 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals before leaving in the fourth quarter. Lerman scored 12 points in the game.