Wildkits suffer first cage loss in conference opener

Glenbrook South’s basketball team won’t go winless in the conference this time around.

With the same cast of players that went 0-10 in Central Suburban League South division a year ago, the Titans shocked previously unbeaten Evanston 61-54 Thursday night behind a career-high 34 points from post player Dominic Martinelli in the league opener for both teams.

Evanston (5-1) only led three times in the entire game, all in the second quarter, and shot just 30 percent (16-of-54) from the field at the Titan Dome. Martinelli shot nothing but layups, converting 12-of-15 field goal attempts, as the Wildkits turned in their worst defensive performance of the season.

Jaheim Holden led the losers with 16 points, and Blake Peters (14) and Lance Jones (11) also reached double figures. But they couldn’t prevent Evanston’s first loss to GBS since the 2012-13 season.

“Two things happened tonight,” said Evanston coach Mike Ellis. “I got out-coached because their coach (Phil Ralston) had his team ready to play and I didn’t. And Dom Martinelli was the best player in the gym. He had an agenda tonight. He killed us and we just stood and watched it happen.

“GBS played hard. We made excuses instead of making plays. GBS was the aggressor all night. They got every 50-50 ball and they made every effort play. It wasn’t about making (or not making) shots. I have to find a way in practice to have us make those effort plays.”

Martinelli scored at will, netting 18 points in the first half, but GBS (5-0) only led 26-25 at the intermission. They pulled away to a 42-37 advantage after three quarters and never led by fewer than 3 points the rest of the game.

After shooting 43 percent from 3-point range in their first four games, the Kits were held to 7-of-27 Thursday from beyond the arc, only 26 percent.

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