Nate Kasher was the only starter who didn’t score in double digits for Glenbrook South on Friday at Glenview.
But the junior flew headfirst into a drumset to save a ball from going out of bounds. Kasher’s dive and toss the ball backward resulted in a basket and is symbolic of the Titans’ growing hustle and confidence.
“I was just trying to make a play,” Kasher said. “Glenbrook North never backs down no matter how far ahead we are.”
This was supposed to be Glenbrook North’s year. Fans of both teams packed the Titan Dome and were surprised to see that not much has changed. Glenbrook South still controlled the rivalry, winning 63–48 against the No. 25 Spartans.
“Some things have clicked,” said Titans senior Gaven Marr. “We’ve really found how we can play together.”
Marr scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. Fellow seniors RJ Davis added 15 points and nine rebounds and Josh Wolff added 11 points. Nick Taylor, a 6-7 junior, finished with 10 points and six rebounds for Glenbrook South.
Titans coach Phil Ralston said, “I’ll have to go back to my stats, but I’m not sure I’ve had six different high scorers in a season.” “If you think you’re going to come after us by taking away Gaven or RJ, we have Nick Taylor and a number of other guys capable of stepping up and scoring. Josh Wolf has been active the last several weeks.”
Glenbrook South (14-4, 2-2 CSL South) led by nine at halftime. Ryan Cohen opened the third quarter with a three-pointer that pulled Glenbrook South within six.
Then Kasher jumped into the band to save the ball. Since then the Titans increased their lead further.
“Glenbrook North is still a really good team,” Davis said. “But it’s definitely a statement win for us. People doubted us this year.
Cohen led the Spartans (14–2, 3–1) with 23 points and seven rebounds. Point guard Josh Friedman scored 16 points. Junior is one of the most talented floor generals on the field but Glenbrook South was able to prevent him from running the show as effectively as ever.
“Our switching is something that helps us keep him in front,” Ralston said. “And we make sure we’re playing good gap defense on drives. For the most part our kids did a fantastic job of making everything difficult for Josh.
Glenbrook North has been ranked all season and went into the championship game of the Wheeling Holiday Tournament last week on a 14-game winning streak. The Spartans were upset by Libertyville in that title game and have now dropped two games in a row.
Glenbrook South, which had the best season in school history last season, was expected to rebuild a bit following the graduation of Nick Martinelli and Cooper Nord.
Instead, the Titans would be in danger of winning the sectional again. Two of his four losses were to Rolling Meadows. The second ten-point loss at the York Holiday Tournament was the Mustangs’ toughest game in the tournament.
“We take one thing at a time,” Ralston said. “But if we compete like this, we can definitely compete with every team in our sectional.”
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