Quinn’s foul shots help Maine South beat New Trier
Maine South's Danny Quinn controls the basketball as New Trier's Steven Cook hits the floor during Friday's game in Park Ridge. | Jeff Krage~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 12, 2013 12:10AM
PARK RIDGE — Over the course of his high school basketball career, Maine South senior Danny Quinn has heard Hawks coach Tony Lavorato and his teammates preach the importance of moving on to the next play.
On Friday night, in arguably Maine South’s biggest game of the season to date, Quinn was able to do just that at the free throw line with 40.9 seconds remaining in overtime.
Quinn sank two free throws to score the game-winning points in Maine South’s 47-45 win over New Trier. He had missed the front end of a one-and-one a little more than a minute earlier. The win pulled the Hawks into a tie atop the CSL South.
“Danny Quinn, I’m so proud of this young man,” Lavorato said. “The young man missed a one-and-one in overtime, gets fouled and shoots two. We always talk about going on to the next play and the young man went on to the next play and stuck two of the bigger free throws of his career.”
Maine South senior John Solari scored a team-high 18 points to help weather an electrifying first half by New Trier senior Steven Cook.
A Princeton signee, Cook scored a game-high 24 points on 16 shots and pulled down eight rebounds. He scored 16 of New Trier’s 21 points in the first half, but the Hawks (13-3 overall, 4-1 CSL South) did a better job of keeping Cook off the offensive glass and out of the passing lanes in the second half to limit the New Trier star’s points at the rim.
Quinn’s free throws and Maine South’s lock-down defense in the game’s final 13 minutes — New Trier scored just eight points in the fourth quarter and overtime — pulled the Hawks even with the Trevians (13-4, 4-1) in the CSL South.
Despite suffering its first conference loss of the season, New Trier coach Scott Fricke remained positive regarding the Trevians’ CSL South prospects after the game.
“It’s way too early to talk about conference,” said Fricke, when asked if he had talked about the CSL South race with his team. “All I know is we’re 4-1 in conference and we’re in good shape right now with a lot of home games coming up in the second half.”
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper Thursday to read more about the Maine South and New Trier boys basketball teams.
Maine South 47, New Trier 45
New Trier (13-4, 4-1)
Steven Cook 24, Jordan Thomas 9, Aaron Rosen 6, Reid Berman 3, Stas Banas 2, Aaron Angel 0, David Hammes 0, Ricky Samuelson 0, Charlie Suse 0.
Maine South (13-3, 4-1 CSL South)
John Solari 18, Frank Dounis 7, Caleb deMarigny 8, George Sargeant 6, Danny Quinn 4, Andrew Palucki 4, Dan Schmidt 0, Sean Maloney 0.
New Trier 8-13-16-6-2 — 45
Maine South 11-9-16-7-4 — 47
3-point goals – Maine South 4 (Caleb deMarigny 2, Andrew Palucky 1, Frank Dounis 1), New Trier 6 (Steven Cook 2, Reid Berman 1, Jordan Thomas 1, Aaron Rosen 2).
Fouled out – None. Team fouls – Maine South 8, New Trier 13.