Varsity boys basketball drops game to Romeoville


Brandon Ritsos

Senior Preston Van Pelt drives the basketball at an early season game against Oswego.

Matt Sergeant, Sports Media class

Despite their amazing effort, the varsity basketball team couldn’t take home the win against Romeoville. The game took place on Jan. 24 at home for the boys. 

Romeoville took an early lead and never gave it up. 

“Romeoville took it to us early. They were able to turn us over and played at a very high pace while shooting at an extremely high percentage,” said head coach Kevin Cain. 

Romeoville went on the attack and left Minooka trailing for most of the game. 

“We started off slow, and they blitzed us from the jump,” said point guard Silas Slavik. 

Despite falling behind early, the boys were able to fight back and get within 7 in the final minute of the game. 

“We found ourselves in a hole early and would try to claw out of the hole for the rest of the game. Credit to our kids for not giving up and cutting the game to 7 points with 40 seconds left” said Cain.

Unfortunately the game ended with a score of 65-57, in Romeoville’s favor. 

Preston Van Pelt led scoring for Minooka, he had 28 points on 54% shooting from 3. Nick Andreano led the team in rebounds, and many other players helped keep Minooka in the game. 

Even though their record may not reflect it, this team works hard and it was shown in this game. They didn’t get discouraged and they continued to play hard even when they were down. 

While it is unfortunate that they lost, they still played hard, and will carry this energy to their remaining games.