St. Patrick's prepares boys' basketball for EG

By Jack Mathews
Executive Sports Editor
After coming out of the St. Patrick’s tournament with a 82-29 win over Senn the Knights are now going back to the MSL to start off a four game span of MSL play when they play Elk Grove Friday night. 
The Knights lost to Oak Park and St. Patrick but Camardella says his team learned how fast they need to be on defensive rotations and that their decision making down the stretch of games has to improve.  Seniors Mike LaTulip and Jack Landwehr earned all tournament honors with their consistent play.
The style of play of the teams in the St. Patrick and the teams in the MSL are very different and this is why the Knights like to start off with the tournament every year.
“We go to St. Patrick to be tested and see levels of play that we don’t see consistently [in the MSL],” head coach John Camardella said.
But a new season begins Friday as the Knights enter their first MSL East game of the year at home.  So far no team in the East has a winning record so an good start to conference play is extremely important.  The Knights have won 19 straight games at Jean Walker Fieldhouse against East opponents and feel confident going into their first of the year.
“We are not overly confident,” Camardella said. “But any good team has an honest sense of confidence that you have to have to be successful.”