Friday, March 4, 2011
By Blake Baumgartner
The postseason can be an uneasy time for seniors knowing that all that youve worked for over the course of four years can be over in just 32 minutes.
On Friday night in Naperville, 40 minutes were needed to decide a classic between three senior warriors.
By the end of 40 thrilling minutes of basketball, Benets two seniors, point guard David Sobolewski and center Frank Kaminsky, sparked the top-ranked Redwings to a 43-42, double-overtime victory over host Naperville North in a Class 4A regional Final.
Dealing with Naperville North trying to slow the games pace down, the Redwings survived despite struggling from the field for the majority of the night. Benet shot 12 of 40 and only made three three-pointers (two by Sobolewski).
Sobolewski led all scorers with 19 points while Kaminsky added 10 points and eight rebounds for Benet (29-0).
With them running their junk defenses early on, I just tried to do the best I could, get in the lane, hit my open shots, Sobolewski said. I saw a couple of seams and I exploited them. I tried to do a little bit early and as we went on, we ultimately won the game on the defensive end.
The efforts of Sobolewski and Kaminsky was nearly matched by the performance of Naperville North senior center Matt LaCosse, who didnt play when the Huskies lost 62-41 to Benet on Dec. 7. Before fouling out in the second overtime, LaCosse hit game-tying three-pointers at the end of regulation and at the end of the first overtime.
We just had a great game plan. We were like hey, theyre high school kids, too, said LaCosse, who led Naperville North (16-12) with 12 points. No different, so we just decided to be calm. Get our easy shot, if we had to waste time, we had to waste time. We wanted to get uncontested shots and thats what we looked for. It was successful.