Minooka boys basketball opens postseason with strong win

BLUE ISLAND — For the Minooka boys basketball team, the postseason couldn't possibly have gotten off to a better start. The Indians bolted out to a 14 point lead early into the second quarter and then held Lincoln-Way North off the rest of the way in recording a 54-36 win at the Eisenhower Class 4A Regional.

In the first quarter alone, the Indians forced six turnovers in building a 15-2 lead. In addition to that, four different players were scoring consistently in building a 22-10 halftime advantage.

"That was us playing our style of basketball. Hard nosed basketball," Minooka coach Scott Tanaka said. "That's how we play. We don't let many teams score a lot of points against us. It's the way we play. The teams in our conference may be used to it but when you play teams out of your conference I don't think they are used to that right off the tip."

Joe Butler, Jonny Butler and Nick Clemmons had five points each at halftime for the Indians while Mark Geers added four.

"We share the ball. That's a testament to our seniors," Tanaka said. "The seniors have bought into the way we have coached and our brand of basketball. Who cares who scores as long as at the end of the night you win."

Minooka led 40-22 at the end of three quarters before withstanding a foul-ladened fourth to get the 18-point win.

For the game, Joe Butler ended with 13 points while Geers ended with 12.

Minooka is now 16-14 on the season and plays back at Eisenhower at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night.