Boys basketball rallies past Antioch in a hard fought win

The Grayslake North boys basketball team rallied past the Antioch Sequoits, putting them back in the win column. Following this game, the Knights are 8-10, making them fourth in the NLCC Conference.

Defense was the main factor in the first half as the two teams got off to slow starts. This was the Knights’ first home game since their MLK Tournament. Their offense showed much improvement, as it might be a turning point in the season. 

“I know we started slow in the first half, but we knew the type of team we were against and adjusted to what coach told us. I was more focused on what I can contribute and how we can get better every day,” said junior Jacob Donohue.

Things started to heat up when Jacob Donohue hit a buzzer-beater to end the quarter. North’s game plan left off right where they started. Junior Dominic Janokowski was everywhere on the floor, from attacking the rim to hitting three-pointers. Senior Center Ryan Page made his presence known, taking charges and getting many rebounds.

Junior Dominic Janikowski explained, “We knew they had a new coach and staff, but that didn’t stop us from playing our game. I know what I’m capable of doing, and I know when to step up when needed.”

Senior guard Vito Vizzini also stepped up in the face of adversity. He knocked down two jumpers that gave North a lead that they would ultimately run away with. His contribution has been a key part of the team’s success. His shots have been falling, and his work ethic has been consistent over the season.

“As a team, we definitely executed on the defensive end and had some good plays on offense. We collectively won as a team through determination and perseverance,” Vizzini said.

Dominic Janiknowski ended the game with 25 points and Vito Vizzini with 10 points. Though Jacob Donohue only had 6 points, the film showed that he is more than that. Freshman Cam Bates started in place of injured senior guard Joseph Valera. Senior guard Jordi Tellez started as a result too.