Barrington grabs sole possession of first place

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Barrington grabs sole possession of first place

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
Posted 10:56 p.m.

By Phil Brozynski
YourSeason.com

The last time Barrington won a division title in boys basketball, Paul Gillette was a rookie coach, Jason Armetta was the point guard and the Mid-Suburban League was divided into North and South divisions.

But the Broncos took a big step toward claiming their first division title in 20 years Friday in Palatine, getting double-figure scoring from four players led by Tyler Weathereds 16 points and seven rebounds to defeat Fremd 75-61.

The win, coupled with Schaumburgs loss to Conant, gave Barrington (16-7, 6-2) sole possession of first place in the Mid-Suburban West with two division games remaining.

We have been talking about this opportunity to be conference champions for the first time in 20 years for a long time, said Weathered, a slightly-built 6-foot-2 senior guard. That is something we want so bad. We have been putting in a lot of hard work at practice and tonight we were very focused.

Barrington raced to a 21-10 lead after eight minutes and looked to be in cruise control. But a Zach Monaghan three-pointer and a Joe Leaf bucket ignited a 17-4 run by Fremd (14-8, 5-3) which gave the hosts a 27-25 lead with 3:17 remaining in the second quarter.

We were playing well defensively, but we hit a little lull there in the second quarter, Barrington coach Bryan Tucker said. That (run) was a wake-up call for us. Hopefully, we wont need another one in the future. But a team makes a run, were on the road and we didnt panic.

Weathereds three-pointer at the 3:01 mark of the second quarter stopped the bleeding, and 11 minutes later, two free throws by Taylor Ganzer capped a 26-8 run that gave Barrington a 51-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Fremd never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

The first time we played them (a 52-41 win on December 3) was our best defensive effort of the season, Fremd coach Bob Widlowski said. This was not our best defensive effort. We did not give ourselves a chance to win this game.

Monaghan and Quinton Brown led Fremd with 15 points apiece. Sophomore guard Brad Zaumseil (four assists) had 14 points and Greg Gerrard and Lukas Osmundsen each had 10 for Barrington.

Barrington can clinch a tie for the conference title with a win at Schaumburg next week.

Every team wants a chance to compete for a conference championship, Tucker said. But history is history. None of these kids were part of those teams (in the past).

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1. Grab the first goal.

The Blackhawks have scored the game's first goal in seven of the last eight games, and of those seven, they've won six of them. Meanwhile, the Lightning have scored the first goal only 17 times in 48 games this season, and are 12-5-1 in those games. They're 9-17-4 when they allow the first goal, so getting out to a lead first will be important against a struggling Lightning team looking for signs of life.

2. Will the floodgates open for Jonathan Toews?

After a four-point game in a 4-2 win over Vancouver, the Blackhawks captain matched his point total over his previous nine games. He's up to 26 points on the season, which is now fifth among Chicago forwards. When Toews has offensive droughts, they usually last longer than they should. But when he gets hot, he gets extremely hot. Perhaps we'll see the floodgates open offensively.

3. A chance for the team lead in scoring.

With an empty-net goal on Sunday, Marian Hossa tied Artem Anisimov for the team-lead with 18 goals. Artemi Panarin is right behind with 17, and Patrick Kane isn't far either at 15. The Blackhawks had four 20-goal scorers last season, and haven't had more than that since the 2013-14 season. They're definitely on pace to hit four, but could they surprass that? Richard Panik, who scored another goal Sunday as well, is fifth with 11 goals while Ryan Hartman has 10. Toews is at eight, but a flurry after a drought could make things interesting.

4. The triplets reunited?

In an effort to jumpstart a struggling offense, Lightning coach Jon Cooper reunited the triplets line of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat that was so successful during their 2015 playoff run in their latest game, a 5-3 loss to Arizona. It's unclear whether they will begin tonight's game on the same line, but if not, it's worth watching throughout the game whether they do. The Blackhawks have been coming at opponents in waves lately, so Cooper could look to separate the three to distribute the scoring.

5. Take advantage on special teams.

The Lightning have racked up the fifth-most penalty minutes in the league, and own a bottom-10 penalty kill unit at 80.1 percent. The Blackhawks are the second-least penalized team, and have converted on 17.9 percent of their power plays, which sits at 16th. But they haven't scored one on the man advantage in five straight games, going 0-for-9 during that span. Here's a chance to change that.

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