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home : sports : sports   May 24, 2016

3/1/2014 12:42:00 AM
Prep boys basketball: L-P comes up short on Senior Night


Kevin Chlum
Sports Editor



With Friday being Senior Night, La Salle-Peru boys basketball coach Jim Cherveny relied heavily on his seniors.


With Friday being Senior Night, La Salle-Peru boys basketball coach Jim Cherveny relied heavily on his seniors.

The Cavalier seniors capitalized on their opportunity for increased minutes.

In their last regular season home game, the seniors led L-P to an eight-point halftime lead and kept the Cavs in the game late before Sterling pulled out a 53-45 victory in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division game.

“I thought we had great energy and great enthusiasm,” Cherveny said. “We have 10 seniors on this team. They give everything they have each and every day. … It’s great to see those guys out on the floor. They put in so much time in practice. You just hope it pays off for them, and I thought it did.

“We just came up a little short.”

Logan Zeman started the game on fire as the senior drained three 3-pointers and scored all 13 of L-P’s points in the first quarter as the Cavs led 13-9 after the first eight minutes.

He sank another long-range shot in the second quarter as L-P built a 24-16 halftime lead.

Zeman helped make up for the absence of star guard Noah Lamboley — who was out with the flu — as he made six 3-pointers in the game and finished with a game-high 22 points.

“Logan Zeman had a huge game for us,” Cherveny said. “We’ve been waiting for one of those and I know he’s been waiting for one of those. It was his time to shine tonight and he took full advantage of it. He shot the ball well and played great defense.”

However, the Golden Warriors began to turn things around out of the break.
Sterling scored the first 10 points of the second half — including six points from Draque Penaflor-Heier — and outscored the Cavs 18-10 in the third quarter to enter the final eight minutes tied.

“It was just one of those games where Sterling played very well in the second half and took advantage of our aggressive defense and got some easy buckets, and I thought we missed some easy buckets,” Cherveny said. “Sterling did a nice job executing in its half-court sets and got some backdoor looks. Draque Penaflor-Heier had a nice game for them. They have a solid team. They made some adjustments at halftime, as did we, but the bottom line is they came out ahead.”

Zeman knocked down a 3-pointer with 7:12 left in the game to put L-P ahead 37-34, but Sterling took the lead for good when Joe Brouilette made 4-of-6 free throws in a 1:18 span to give the Golden Warriors a 38-37 lead.

L-P pulled within one at 43-42 on a Brady Huebbe 3-pointer with 2:44 left, but Sterling’s Isaiah Celestino drove for a basket and Zach Rehmert made 8-of-8 free throws in the final 1:55 to seal the win for the Golden Warriors.

Sterling made 18-of-24 free throws in the game, led by Rehmert’s 11-of-11 effort, while the Cavs made just 2-of-7.

“Sterling attacked the hoop and put pressure on us defensively and we committed fouls, and before you know it, they were shooting free throws,” Cherveny said.
“They’re a good free throw shooting team and Rehmert is a nice player for them.”

L-P finishes the regular season 10-16 overall and 2-8 in the conference. The Cavs open the postseason at 7 p.m. Monday in a Class 3A La Salle-Peru Regional quarterfinal against Rock Falls.

“I think this is a good game for us heading into regionals,” Cherveny said. “If we can win game one and game two, we’re going to see these guys or Dixon. I think we played four very good games against those two teams. I think it’s wide open from here.”

Cherveny said he’s unsure if Lamboley will be available Monday.

Note: The L-P sophomore team won 53-48 to wrap up the NIB 12 West Division title with a 9-1 league record. L-P finishes the season 22-2. Ryan Atilano scored 13 points, Isaiah Tubbs had 12 points and Christian Soderholm added 11 points for L-P.

Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at sports@newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.












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