Northside Vs. Lane Tech: Game Does Not Go As Planned
By Alina Yamin
The Northside men’s basketball team dominated in its first three games of the season against Rickover, Chicago Academy, and Steinmetz. The Mustangs were not only victorious, but they demolished Rickover (68-37) and Chicago Academy (67-41). The game against Steinmetz was much closer (52-51), but the Mustangs were the underdog against the Silver Streaks and pulled out the win with grit and determination. With these wins under its belt, the team was pumped up to play one of its biggest rivals and most challenging competitors--Lane Tech.
The men played Lane Tech on Nov. 30 in the Lane Tech gym. Almost everyone at Northside knew about this game and were just as excited as the team was for it. There was buzz about the game all around Northside on Friday afternoon, students made plans to car pool together to attend, and NBC Sports Chicago even announced it would be filming this non-conference game and covering it for its “High School Lites” show.
As usual, the Lane Tech atmosphere was unbelievable. The bleachers were completely filled with students, the marching band performed during timeouts and quarter breaks, and Lane’s cheerleaders and Poms teams were both there to cheer on the Warriors. All of these factors made the noise in the gym thunderous, which, in turn, greatly intimidated the Mustangs. Although the noise was booming with Lane fans, the Northside fans who traveled to the game also had amazing energy. One whole column of Lane Tech bleachers was filled with Northside fans who cheered the Mustangs on throughout the entire game.
Even with their fans’ help, the Mustangs did not play up to par. The Mustangs started seniors Danny O’Connor, (Adv. 901), and Campbell O’Connor, (Adv. 903), and juniors Jack Vas, Liam O’Connor, (Adv. 004), and Jack Newhall, (Adv. 004). They struggled greatly against Lane Tech’s intense defense and only scored six points in the first quarter compared to the Warriors’ thirty-three. In the second quarter, the Mustangs’ defense got much stronger and the Warriors were only able to score twelve points. Unfortunately, however, the Mustangs offense remained weak and they only scored ten. After halftime, the Warriors took complete control of the game. They scored seventeen points in the third quarter and allowed the Mustangs to score only five. By the fourth quarter, both teams had emptied their bench, and neither teams scored much in the last quarter. The final score was seventy to twenty-three.
This loss was disappointing for all Mustangs involved. However, it was still a fun experience for the fans and an important lesson for the team. The team is stronger and more experienced, especially after playing in the hectic environment. They will take these lessons and move forward with the rest of their season. The Mustangs still have more than a dozen games to play and could have one of the best records in their conference. The next noteworthy game of their season is a home game against Walter Payton on Jan. 16. Hopefully all of Northside will come out to support the Mustangs and create an incredible atmosphere that beats the one that the Mustangs faced in the Warriors’ gym.