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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Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.

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Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.

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