|2/21/2017 4:45:00 PM|
Wildcats advance in Regional
by Brent Sumner The Wilmington varsity boys basketball team made the best of their post season play Monday night, defeating Seneca 55-42 in the first round of their own regional.
The win comes after the Wildcats dropped three in a row, but wound up arriving just in time to keep Wilmington's season alive.
They now advance to the second round of Regional on Wednesday, where they will face second seed, Lisle, in Wilmington at 6 p.m.
The Wildcats strung together one of their better games of the season, as they outscored the Irish in three of the four quarters.
Wilmington took the initial lead in the first, jumping in front 13-9.
Seneca cut into the lead in the second frame, recording 11 points to Wilmington's eight. However, the one-point difference at half-time (21-20) would be the closest Seneca would get down the stretch.
Wilmington recorded 34 points in the second half, as the offense was aided by Matteo Lombardi, who scored 19 of his leading 21 points in the second half.
Joey Flannery also added nine of his 13 points in the second half, resulting in Wilmington winding up with a double-digit lead over Seneca.
RJ Van Duyne added nine points (all three's), while Dylan Winker followed with seven points.
Anders Almberg chipped in with four points, and Keith Lamaster rounded out the effort with a free throw.
It was a low scoring affair Friday night when the Wildcats hosted the Blue Devils during Senior night.
Wilmington trailed in the first quarter, 14-7, and could never manage to close the gap down the stretch, getting outscored in all three of the remaining frames.
The Wildcats managed just seven points in the second, four in the third, and four more in the fourth, while Peotone added 22 points between the three quarters.
Lombardi led the effort, recording nine points, while Winker and Flannery both chipped in with five points each.
Garrett Roth rounded out the night, hitting a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.
A slow first quarter haunted the Wildcats last Tuesday, as they dropped a conference game to second-place Sandwich (8-0).
The Wildcats managed only five points in the initial quarter, while the Indians jumped out with 20.
From there, Wilmington tried to play catch-up all game, but was unable to close the gap.
Lombardi attempted to give the offense a little spark, finishing the game as the only player with double-digits, recording 13 points.
He was followed by Van Duyne and Flannery, who each added eight points, while Winker earned five.
Almberg added four points, while Garrett Roth finished with one three-pointer.
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