WEST CHICAGO — If there is one thing the Hubs can take from their 67-63 loss to Chicago North Lawndale Saturday night at the Wheaton Academy Shootout, it’s that they can hang with the best of teams.
“We don’t want any moral victories,” Rochelle head coach Tim Thompson said. “And I know the kids are discouraged that they didn’t get the win, but they know they played well against a good solid team that has been in tough competition all year.”
The clear underdog in the matchup, Rochelle (9-17) started the game with an intensity that demonstrated the Hubs weren’t going to lie down.
Just a minute into the game, senior guard Grant Prusator hit the first field goal for Rochelle, a long three-pointer and the Hubs were off and running. Angel Bruciaga forced a turnover on the Phoenixes’ next inbound pass, and the fed it to Prusator for another three-pointer gto give Rochelle a 7-2 lead with 3:57 to go in the first quarter.
“We knew they were going to come out pressing us,” Thompson said after the game. “We had some turnovers, but for the most part, I thought the kids handled it pretty well.”
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