Don’t look now, but the boys’ basketball team is undefeated in conference play, going into tonight’s match-up against the Carmel Corsairs tonight in Mundelein. A win tonight would secure at least a share of the East Suburban Catholic League Conference title.
If the Lions win tonight, they still would need to beat Nazareth Academy on Feb. 21 at home, which is senior night, to claim the title outright. A loss to Nazareth would mean they would share the conference title with Benet Academy.
Either way, the team is 7-0 in conference play and knocking on the door of something historic.
“We’re trying to continue an undefeated season in conference,” says Head Coach Quin Hayes ’95 simply. “We have only won conference three times in the history of Saint Viator.”
While Coach Hayes says he can count on the team for scoring when they need to and that they have been stepping it up defensively, the strength of the team, he believes, is their chemistry.
“They are really close on and off the court,” Hayes says. “They do everything together, and they have forged a bond that has become very special.”
While this year’s varsity includes players from sophomore, junior and senior classes, he points to his seniors with providing the leadership that the underclassmen look up to.
“The leadership exhibited by our senior class has been outstanding,” Hayes says. “They have a team-first attitude that makes them very unique. They just want to win!”
This year’s team aims to match—or surpass—last year’s achievements when the team won regional and sectional titles.
Come out and cheer on the Lions! Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at Carmel Catholic High School, located at 1 Carmel Parkway in Mundelein.