Men’s Basketball Off to a Great Start in the Season
By Klaudia Jablonska
Northside’s varsity men’s basketball team hosted its first game of the season on Nov. 19 against Chicago Academy. The first few minutes were off to a slow start with a close score between both teams, but the Mustangs were able to take the lead with a score of 19-8 by the end of the first quarter. With the Thanksgiving break so near to the season opener, many former Northside students, and even former Mustangs basketball players such as Benjamin Rosengard, were able to come out and support the Mustangs at their first game. The crowd was filled with excited students, parents, and alumni supporting the Mustangs and expressing school pride..
The Mustangs held tight on defense in the second quarter, holding Chicago Academy to only 9 points in the whole quarter. The team took a greater lead in the second quarter thanks to the four combined three-point shots made by Daniel O’Connor, (Adv. 901), and Jack Vasilopoulos (Adv. 006), and the abundant amount of rebounds acquired by centers Campbell O’Conor, (Adv. 903), and Jack Newhall (Adv. 004). The Mustangs took the lead with over a 20 point differential by the end of the first half with the score at 40-17.
Northside came out into the second half with a strong start, keeping defense tight while Chicago Academy began struggling to keep up on offense. Within the first 20 seconds of the second half, C. O’Conor scored the first two points from directly inside the paint. Less than two minutes later, Vasilopoulos scored a three-pointer for the team, forcing Chicago Academy to reconsider its defensive tactics. Following these shots, Chicago Academy decided to strengthen their defense, making it harder for the Mustangs to score. By the end of the quarter, Northside scored a few more three-point shots, increasing the lead to 55-29.
The final score came as no surprise to most of the crowd as the Mustangs pulled ahead 67-41 against Chicago Academy. Many of the shots Chicago Academy was trying to shoot came from behind the three point line, but the team did not have luck on their side. Chicago Academy was only able to score three three-point shots throughout the whole game, which the Mustangs were able to score more of within one quarter.
Northside was able to start its season with a win, which was a big confidence boost for the squad. Constantine Konstantinidis, (Adv. 908), said that “It was great to start the season with a convincing victory. We have a really tough schedule coming up so it was important for us to go out there and use the game to get better for the conference season. It was also great to see a lot of people in the crowd. ” Fellow teammate D. O’Connor said, “It was a good start to the season and it felt good to be playing once again.” The next men’s basketball home game was Friday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. against Taft High School.