Boys' basketball takes second MSL title in three years

By Jack Mathews
Staff Writer
Those who have watched the Prospect Knights basketball team throughout this season knew what the potential of this team could be when they put glimpses of great basketball into full games at a time.  During the last couple weeks, the boys’ basketball team has turned glimpses of great basketball into a common theme after beating Barrington at home, 56-44, for their second MSL Championship in three years Wednesday night.

Despite it being their first televised game of the season and the largest home crowd of the season, Prospect came out cool and collected, having the lead for almost all of the first half.
Both teams showed why they were in the championship game by playing great defense.  Prospect held Barrington to just 19% on three pointers and 32% shooting overall, while Barrington limited the Knights to 36% shooting and held MSL Player of the year, Mike Latulip to just 14 points.
“If someones glued to me I’m always willing to give up the ball and my teammates did a great job of getting open and hitting shots,” Latulip, who had 4 assists, said.
The Knights countered the Broncos defense by being smart with the ball and limiting their turnovers.
“Without a doubt our biggest strength was limiting turnovers and we did it better than we did all year at a time when the most pressure was on us,” coach John Camardella said.
Another contributing factor to the Knights victory was offensive rebounding as they brought down 16. Senior Terry Redding contributed greatly to that number with his 16 point 14 rebound performance, the fourth time Redding has led the Knights in scoring.
“We’ve won both ways,” Camardella said, “when [Latulip] has scored in the upper 20’s and when we have had several guys in double figures.”
Prospect has now won nine of their last 10 and are looking to build on to their winning streak for as long as possible.  If the Knights want to make a deep playoff run they are going to have to continue to play the way they have of late, but coach Camardella promises not to over think it.
“Everyone wants to find the exact recipe for success, but there is really very little a coach can do to have [the team] play that well every game,” Camardella said.