The boy’s varsity basketball team started the season by competing in the Chuck Mitchell Thanksgiving Tournament at Fenton High School. This was the boy’s first year at Fenton after over 30 years of competing at the Lisle Thanksgiving Tournament. The boys were placed in a pool with Wheaton Warrenville South, West Chicago, and Fremd. After three games, the Trojans found themselves 3-0 and headed for the Championship Game vs Rolling Meadows.
Rolling Meadows had finished 3-0 in their pool and were led by one of the top juniors in the country in Max Christie. In the game the Trojans started out slow but found their rhythm in the 2nd quarter and held a 26-20 lead with under two minutes to go before half, but a quick 7-0 run by Rolling Meadows gave them the lead at halftime. The 2nd half found the Trojans battling, but hot shooting by the Mustangs allowed them to extend their lead and pull-away down the stretch to win the championship. Despite the loss, the Trojans were pleased with their early season efforts all week and were excited to continue to grow as a team. For their fine play, senior Matt Owens and junior Josh Harris were selected to the all-tournament team.
Since Thanksgiving the Trojans have continued their fine play on the court and have captured wins against Ridgewood, Illiana, Addison Trail and Wheaton Academy. The Trojans now stand at 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference.
The team is led in scoring by Matt Owens (15pts/game), Josh Harris (14pts/game) and sophomore Ben VanderWal (9pts/game). VanderWal (8reb/game), senior AJ Voss (5reb/game), and Josh Harris (5reb/game) have been helping the Trojans control the glass. Overall the boys are sharing the ball well on offense as they have assisted on 71% of their made field goals and are led by Matt Owens (4asts/game).
As we look ahead to the upcoming weeks, the Trojans will take on conference newcomer Westmont on Friday the 20th at the WAC, game time is 7:30. Also, over the holidays the Trojans will once again compete at the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic at York High School. The boys open up tournament play with a game on December 26 at 6pm against Lake Forest High School. The boys have appreciated the fan support thus far and look forward to seeing you at a game soon. Go Trojans!