Schurz Upsets Lane in Playoffs

March 1, 2013
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The Indians were stunned on Monday night in the Class 4A regional at St. Patrick by Schurz (9-18) 65-58 in overtime. The Bulldogs rallied from a 17-point deficit to earn a matchup against New Trier (24-5). “It was a fortunate win because we were down the whole game,” Schurz head coach James Shelton said after the victory. “We were clicking on all cylinders,” Lane head coach Nick Logalbo said. “Schurz played a great game. They hit tough shots.” Prior to the playoff, Lane beat Schurz 60-48 in Red North section play. Lane’s Zach Barth missed two foul shots with 5.4 seconds left while Schurz guard Dave Marron missed a three-pointer as time expired. “(Zach) is a solid shooter for us,” Logalbo stated. “I have trust in all of those guys. Tonight, it just didn’t roll in for him.” Neither team did well from the foul line on this night. Schurz missed 17 free throws on the evening. Lane was 20-of-30 from the foul line. Maybe this was a miracle win for Schurz when you consider they trailed by seven points with three minutes left. The Bulldogs eventually tied the game at 56 on a three-point hoop by Chuck Bates with 24.3 left in regulation. Schurz owned overtime outscoring Lane 9-2 as sophomore Maurice Williams scored Lane’s only basket. Deven Weathers led Schurz with 16 points, and Teo Campos came off the bench to contribute with 13 points. Schurz couldn’t contain Barth and Admir Sulgic. The two forwards combined for 30 points and 24 rebounds, but the Indians committed 24 turnovers in the loss. The biggest play of this game might have occurred in overtime. Schurz opened the scoring on a rare four-point play by Campos. “They had all of the momentum going into overtime,” Logalbo stated Lane did have two solid scorers with Barth and Sulgic, but they had an inexperienced backcourt. The Indians finished tied for fifth in the Red North, but Lane opened up the Public League playoffs with a win over defending section co-champion Taft. One game doesn't make a season, but Lane can't escape one loss. Morgan Park (26-3) beat Lane in the second round of the CPS postseason tournament 123-51. The Indians received much criticism in and out of school for that game. Logalbo wanted to set the record straight for detractors on that playoff loss. “Zach Barth didn’t play in that game,” Logalbo admitted. “You don’t press anyone the whole game. Sorry, you don’t do that. Morgan Park is one of the top teams in the state.We came off one of the best wins of our season against Taft. We didn’t have our heart and soul play in the game against Morgan Park. So, we were a young team on that floor and they put it on us early. We never really recovered. That was just an ugly game.” Schurz struggled in the Red North losing eight of nine games. Maine West (11-15) beat Amundsen (4-21) 66-40 on Monday night. New Trier (25-5) will meet St. Pat's  (18-9) for the regional title on Friday night.

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