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Post Game Summaries

Current Record as of 1-8-2024: 8-8


Lincoln Way East:

The Lincoln Way East boys basketball team defeated Maine South 51-43 in the opening round of the Lyons Township Thanksgiving Tournament Monday in LaGrange. It was the opening game for both teams.


Sophomore Panayiotis Sotos led the Hawks with 13 points. Tommy Beredimas added 8 points and Tyler Sierra chipped in 7. Off the bench, senior guard Zach Plate came in ready to shoot going 3-3 from behind the arc, for a total of 9 points. Beredimas was the Hawks’ leading rebounder with 9, and Matthew Yadgar and Sierra added 7 and 6, respectively.


Lyons Township:


The Maine South boys basketball team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday with a 52-35 victory over host Lyons Township in the Lyons Township Thanksgiving Tournament.


Up 18-15 at halftime, the Hawks (1-1) outscored Lyons 20-13 in the third quarter to take a 38-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Hawk’s defense held Lyons to 7 fourth-quarter points to pull away to the victory.


Tyler Sierra paced the Hawks with 20 points and 6 rebounds. The Junior guard shot 4 of 9 from three-point range. Sophomore Panayiotis Sotos and Senior Matthew Yadgar chipped in 12 points each. Ethan de la Navarre led the Hawks with 5 assists.


“Great collective effort,” said second-year coach Colin Wehman, who picked up his 13th career win. “We defended at a high level and committed to rebounding. Good things will happen for us when this occurs consistently.”


In the first game of the night, Lincoln Way East defeated Fenger 74-32. The Hawks close out tournament play tonight at 6 p.m. against Fenger. Maine South plays its first home game of the season when it hosts Chicago Sullivan Monday. Tip off is 7 p.m.

Chicago Fenger:

 The Maine South boys basketball team improved to 2-1 with a 57-17 win over Chicago Fenger in the final round of the Lyons Township Thanksgiving Tournament Wednesday.


Twelve players scored for the Hawks, led by Petar Bogicevic with 10 points. Jack Sladky and Jimmy Bies added 9 and 8 points, respectively. Bogicevic, Jack Kelleher and Jack Williams paced the Hawks with 3 rebounds each.


The Hawks open their home schedule Monday when they host Chicago Sullivan Monday. Tip off is at 7 p.m.

Chicago Sullivan:


The Maine South boys basketball team improved to 3-1 with a 70-24 win over Chicago Sullivan Monday night.


The Hawks jumped out to a 25-4 lead after the first quarter and cruised to their third consecutive win. Thirteen players scored, led by Jack Williams and Ethan De La Navarre with 8 points each. Matthew Yadgar, Jimmy Bies and Michael Mizwicki added 7 points apiece.


The Hawks return to action Friday when they host New Trier in their Central Suburban League South opener. Tip off is 7 p.m. The Hawks travel to Rolling Meadows Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest.

New Trier:


New Trier stopped Maine South 52-35 Friday in the Central Suburban League South boys basketball opener for both teams.


Panayiotis Sotos paced the Hawks with 11 points and Tyler Sierra added 10. Ethan De La Navarre led the Hawks with 6 rebounds.


Maine South, 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the CSL South, travels to Rolling Meadows tonight for a nonconference matchup. Tip off is 6 p.m.

Rolling Meadows:

The Maine South boys basketball team rallied from a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Rolling Meadows 51-49 in a non conference matchup Saturday night.


Rolling Meadows entered the game 5-0 and rated 25th in the Chicagoland prep rankings. The Mustangs had wins against Evanston, Wheaton Warrenville South and Fenton, all of whom have four wins on the season.


“Every day we talk about getting better and competing,” said Hawks coach Colin Wehman, whose team improved to 4-2. “We have actionable items that we use to define the word competing. We call these ‘winning plays.’ These are plays that don’t show up in the box score. Plays like taking charge, diving on the ground for loose balls, winning 50/50 balls, and using your voice to communicate with your teammates each possession. These were all demonstrated by all of our guys tonight.”


The Mustangs had a 35-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter and used a 10-3 run to take a 45-33 lead with 5:30 remaining in the game. A pair of free throws from Tyler Sierra started the 18-4 run to complete the comeback.


Tommy Beredimas made a steal and layup, Panayiotis Sotos hit a driving layup and Beredimas added a 3-pointer to bring the Hawks within 45-42 with 3:48 left to play. 


After Rolling Meadows scored to increase its lead to 47-42, Sotos hit a corner 3-pointer from a nice pass from Beredimas and Sierra created a steal and hit Sotos for a layup to tie the game at 47 with 1:21 to play.


The Hawks went up for good when Ethan De La Navarre scored on a fast-break layup off another Sierra steal. Sotos added a pair of free throws to put Maine South up 51-47, and after a Rolling Meadows score, the Hawks ran out the clock.


Maine South forced 16 Rolling Meadows turnovers, six of which came in the fourth quarter. The Hawks scored 16 points off turnovers.


“We decided to be aggressive and look to generate some turnovers,” Wehman said. “Our guys did a nice job of using their length and putting together some effective traps.”


Sotos paced the Hawks with 15 points, Zach Plate came off the bench hitting 4 three point baskets for 12 points, and Beredimas and De La Navarre each had 9. Matthew Yadgar had 7 rebounds and Sierra added 3 steals.


“This type of early season win validates the offseason and preseason type of daily effort and commitment our guys have been putting in,” Wehman said. “We continue to have a heightened belief in what we can accomplish.”


Maine South returns to action Friday when it travels to Glenbrook South for a Central Suburban League South matchup. Friday’s tip off is at 7 p.m. The Hawks host Chicago Senn Saturday at 1 p.m.


Quarter Breakdown:

MS 9-10-11-21 - 51

RM 16-10-9-14 – 49

Sotos 15, Plate 12, Beredimas 9, De La Navarre 9, Sierra 3, Sladky 3, Bogicevic 3.

Glenbrook South / Senn:

The Maine South boys basketball team split a pair of games over the weekend, falling 69-49 to
Central Suburban League South foe Glenbrook South Friday before defeating Chicago Senn 62-37 in a non conference game Saturday afternoon.


Junior guard Tyler Sierra paced the Hawks with 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting against Glenbrook
South. Panayiotis Sotos added 14 points and Alex Matushevskiy grabbed 5 rebounds.


Zach Plate led the Hawks in scoring Saturday with 10 points and Ethan De La Navarre added 9 and 7 points, respectively. De La Navarre added 6 rebounds and Filip Rasic added 5 rebounds.

The Hawks, 5-3 overall and 0-2 in the CSL South, travel to Evanston Friday for a conference matchup.

Tip off is 7 p.m.

Evanston / Mather:

The Maine South boys basketball team split a pair of games over the weekend. The Hawks fell to Central Suburban League South foe Evanston 59-48 on Friday before defeating Chicago Mather 63-30 Saturday afternoon.

Panayiotis Sotos led the Hawks with 22 points in the loss to Evanston. The Sophomore guard hit 9 of 13 shots, including 4 of 6 from three-point range. Tommy Beredimas added 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting. Matthew Yadgar led the Hawks with 5 rebounds.

Sotos led the Hawks with 12 in the win over Mather. Filip Rasic chipped in 11 points and Alex Matushevskiy added 8. Jack Sladky and Jack Kelleher had 8 and 7 rebounds, respectively.

The Hawks, 6-4 overall and 0-3 in the CSL South, return to action tonight when they host Buffalo Grove. Tip off is 7 p.m.

Buffalo Grove:

The Maine South boys basketball team improved to 7-4 with a 71-48 win over Buffalo Grove in a
non-conference matchup Monday.


The Hawks led 17-16 after the first quarter, but they outscored Buffalo Grove 18-5 to take a 35-21
lead at halftime. Senior Ethan De La Navarre led the Hawks with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Tyler Sierra and Tommy Beredimas added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Panayiotis Sotos and Jack Sladky each scored 8 points.


Lane Tech (Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic Round 1):

Maine South held off a late rally from Lane Tech to score a 56-52 win in the opening round of the 2023 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

Maine South (8-5) led for the entire first half, building a 14-6 lead after the first quarter and carrying a 29-24 lead into halftime. Trailing by 11 in the third quarter, Lane Tech (8-6) closed with a flurry, using a 12-0 run punctuated by a buzzer-beating dunk from Dalton Scantlebury to put the Champions up 42-41 after three quarters.

Maine South moved back in front with 5:28 left to play in the contest and built up a five-point lead with 2:48 to play. Lane Tech closed to within a point with 20 seconds left but Maine South was able to seal the win from the free throw line.

Panayiotis Sotos led the Hawks in the win, finishing with a game-high 26 points while shooting 9-of-15 from the floor and 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. Tyler Sierra added 12 points and seven rebounds. Matthew Yadger pulled down a team-best nine rebounds for Maine South. The Hawks finished the game shooting 45.2 percent (19-of-42) from the floor, including 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from three-point range.

Lane Tech had three players reach double figures in scoring. Shaheed Solebo led the Champions in the loss with 14 points. Scantlebury added 13 points and 11 rebounds to record a double-double. Parker Williams added 10 points for Lane Tech.

With the win, Maine South advanced to tomorrow’s final quarterfinal game at 8:30 p.m. and will await the winner of the Morton/Oswego East game. Lane Tech will face the loser of the Morton/Oswego East game in a consolation game tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

Oswego East (Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic Round 2):

Jehvion Starwood scored a game-high 22 points to lead Oswego East past Maine South 47-35 and into the semifinals of the 2023 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

Oswego East (11-4) led for the entire contest, but Maine South (8-6) stayed close throughout. Oswego East led 12-6 after one quarter and were up 23-17 at the half. Maine South closed to within five points at the start of the fourth quarter but Oswego East pulled away for the 47-35 win.

Starwood led all scorers with 22 points and a game-high nine rebounds, finishing one rebound shy of a double-double. Mason Lockett and Braydon Murphy added six points apiece. Lockett and Noah Mason finished with seven rebounds apiece. Oswego East shot 42.5 percent (17-of-40) from the floor and out rebounded the Hawks 36-26.

Maine South was led by Panayiotis Sotos’ 14 points. Tyler Sierra added six points for the Hawks. Maine South shot just 28.3 percent (13-of-46) from the floor and only 29.2 percent (7-of-24) from downtown.

Oswego East will take on DePaul Prep in tomorrow’s second semifinal at 8:30 p.m. Maine South will battle Hinsdale Central for the right to reach the fifth-place game tomorrow at 5:15 p.m.

Hinsdale Central (Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic Round 3):

Vincas Buzelis totaled a game-high double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the host Red Devils past Maine South 61-51 and into the fifth-place contest at the 2023 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

Maine South (8-7) jumped out to an early nine-point lead and led 19-12 after the first quarter. Hinsdale Central (7-7) answered back in the second, outscoring Maine South 13-4 to take a 25-23 lead at the half. The third quarter featured four lead changes and three ties before the Red Devils carried a 48-43 lead into the final eight minutes. Maine South pulled even at 51-51 with 2:35 left to play in the contest, but Hinsdale Central finished the game on a 10-0 run to earn the 61-51 victory.

Buzelis powered Hinsdale Central with 24 points while shooting 9-of-13 from the floor. He added 14 rebounds and three assists in the win. Eric Kozys came off the bench to score 10 points for the Red Devils while Dillon Orozco added eight points off the bench. Hinsdale Central shot 44.4 percent (20-of-45) from the floor in the win.

Tommy Beredimas paced Maine South in the loss, finishing with 14 points and four rebounds. Panayiotis Sotos added 11 points while Ethan DeLaNavarre added 10 points. Maine South struggled from three-point range, hitting just 3-of-23 attempts (13.0 percent).

Maine South will square off against Niles North in a consolation game tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

Niles North (Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic Round 4):

Niles North used a strong opening quarter to come away with an 85-76 win over Maine South in a consolation game of the 2023 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

Niles North (12-3) outscored Maine South 22-7 in the opening quarter and led by as many as 23 points in the opening half before carrying a 43-25 lead into halftime. Maine South (8-8) cut the deficit down to six points with a little more than a minute remaining in the contest, but came no closer as the Vikings came away with the nine-point victory.

Yaris Irby came off the bench to power Niles North’s offense, finishing with 25 points and six rebounds. Irby shot 6-of-11 from the filed and 11-of-15 from the foul line. Hunter Gawron added 23 points and 11 rebounds while Dylan Lam tallied 18 points. Reid Olson finished with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. The Vikings shot 52.0 percent (26-of-50) from the floor in the victory.

Tyler Sierra carried Maine South’s offense, finishing with a game-high 29 points. Sierra shot 12-of-18 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point distance. Panayiotis Sotos finished with 19 points while Matthew Yadger scored 16 for the Hawks.

The Hawks round of the 2023 calendar year with a record of 8-8. They return to action Jan. 9 when they travel to Deerfield for a Central Suburban League South matchup with Deerfield. Tip off is 7 p.m.

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