Boys Basketball: New Trier gets by Niles West
Updated: January 20, 2012 9:14PM
The snowstorm canceled dozens of games across Chicago and made the crosstown trek a mess. New Trier had won 10 of 11 games, most of them with relative ease. Niles West had lost nine in a row but recently got two injured starters back into the lineup.
All the fixings were in place for an upset, but the No. 7 Trevians weren’t in on it.
New Trier (16-2, 6-0 CSL South) rolled to a 67-43 victory over Niles West (2-13, 0-6) on Friday night.
“By no means was this an easy win for us,” New Trier coach Scott Fricke said. “They haven’t played any cream puffs and they have one of the toughest schedules around.
“It was a conference game we had to have and we just played really, really well.”
Newly-minted Princeton commit Steven Cook had three blocks for New Trier to highlight a face-paced first quarter, but five Trevian turnovers kept West within a basket at 16-14.
It was 18-18 with 6:39 remaining in the second when Wolves forward Alek Biser committed his second foul and sat the rest of the half. New Trier ripped off a 21-4 run to take a commanding 39-22 lead.
New Trier scored the first six points of the third to extend the lead to 23, then coasted home from there.
Connor Boehm scored 18, Austin Angel and Cook each added 12 to lead the Trevs. David Bragiel chipped in 10 and a team-high six rebounds.
Biser and Nathan Sagett have been a welcome re-addition to the Wolves roster, but they didn’t have the firepower to match up with the league-leading Trevs.
Joe Younan led West with nine points on three three-pointers. Biser and Alex Darville finished with six points apiece.