Glenbard West Takes First At Own Holiday Tourney; Hilltoppers Continue Best Start in School History

Glenbard West big man Michael Mache – Photo from Glen Ellyn Patch

Glenbard West 67 Wheaton Academy 48

Behind 25 points from senior forward Michael Mache, Glenbard West defeated Wheaton Academy 67-48 to capture first place at Glenbard West Holiday Classic.

With the victory the Hilltoppers (10-0) remained perfect and are off to their best start in school history.

“It’s a great start, but its just a great start to keep moving from,” said Mache. “We’re 10-0 and have two tournament championships but we’ve just got to keep moving along and take every day to get better and stronger.”

Wheaton Academy was able to keep the game close for three quarters. The Warriors trailed by five points at halftime, and by just three points entering the fourth quarter.

However, the Hilltoppers’ physical play in the post wore down the Warriors, and Glenbard West pulled
away with a dominant performance in the fourth quarter.

The Hilltoppers took control of the game with a 15-3 run to begin the final frame.

“I thought the key to the game was Glenbard West did a great job of playing discipline and getting the ball inside,” said Wheaton Academy coach Paul Ferguson. “That just wore us down in the second half.”

Michael Mache, 6’6”, lead the Hilltoppers with 25 points while Pat Mazza, 6’8”, added 11 points.

The Hilltoppers won the Glenbard West Holiday Classic for the first time since 2007. Wheaton Academy entered the tournament as the defending champion, having won in 2009 and 2010.

THIRD-PLACE GAME: Leyden 52 Timothy Christian 43

Led by Alex Herrera’s 15 points, Leyden defeated Timothy Christian 52-43 in overtime to capture third place at the Glenbard West Holiday Classic.

Leyden dominated the overtime period, scoring the first seven points of the extra frame.

Leyden’s Jonathan Woolf made a layup with a minute left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 39-39, and the game went to OT after the Eagles missed three layups in the final seconds of regulation

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