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Fremd senior Riley Glassmann said that the Vikings wanted to blow out Conant Friday in Palatine. Fremd coach Bob Widlowski had planned for the game to come down to the final possession and made sure his team practiced for that this past week.
Those plays didn’t turn out to be necessary, as Glassmann and the Vikings dominated the Cougars in a 64-43 win that kept an undefeated season possible and secured the Mid-Suburban West conference title.
Glassmann, a Cornell recruit, scored 17 and grabbed six rebounds. He shot 5-for-13 from the field.
The game was close throughout the first half. Fremd led 25-22 at the break and opened the third quarter with a 9-1 run to take control.
“The last four or five game we haven’t gotten off to a good start,” said Glassmann. “(Conant’s D’Angelo) McBride was all over me, then when they started screening him I was wide open.”
The Vikings are 22-0, 9-0 in the Mid-Suburban West. They are the last undefeated team left in the area.
“We don’t talk about it,” said Widlowski. “I have never addressed it. We take it one game at a time.”
Glassmann reiterated the one game at a time thing, but also admitted he’s thought about what it might be like to finish the regular season unbeaten.
“It wasn’t on our list of goals to start the season or anything,” said Glassman. “It doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. But in 20 years it would be something cool to tell your kids.”
Fremd has three regular season games left to play. The Vikings face Dundee-Crown, Barrington and Prospect in the Mid-Suburban League title game. Their biggest wins this season are against St. Viator, Naperville Central and Evanston. Fremd beat Conant 38-36 in overtime back in December.
Junior Xavier Williams scored 13 for the Vikings, Matt Ochoa had eight. Tom Cordell, a 6-6 senior, added six points and six rebounds.
“I think tonight showed a lot about our bench,” said Widlowski. “Conner Peters came in and played well. (Conant) came in on a real hot streak and it came down to the last possession last time.”
Joe Ranallo led Conant (19-5, 7-2) with 14 points. McBride scored nine and grabbed five rebounds and Dan Sotos added eight points. Fremd only committed seven turnovers in the game while forcing Conant into 15.