Boys Basketball Season Comes to a Close


Andrea Espino

Niles West huddling up for a team discussion at senior night.

By Michael McKay, Sports Social Editor

Coming off of a win against the Niles North Vikings during regional playoffs, the boy’s basketball team was set to face-off against the Glenbrook South Titans. Unfortunately, West ended their season last Fri., March 1 after the second round of regional playoffs.

Regardless of the loss, the team played a great season and were fortunate enough to have finally made it to the playoffs. They played a very tight match-up against North for their first playoff round on Tues., Feb, 26. However, after battling it out through all four quarters, the boys managed to slip past and end the Vikings’ season by a score of 69-60.

“It was a very interesting game. I loved having the teams play a neutral site [neither West or North’s home court],” West Athletic Director Dana Krilich said. “The boys were on fire. I’m so proud to have watched the boys win that. I lost my voice because I was so into that game.”

Senior captain Richie Noparstak was incredibly proud of the game they played against North.

“I felt a lot of pride and relief. I was proud that our team showed everyone how well we could play and was relieved that we didn’t end the year 0-3 to North,” Noparstak said. “It felt really good to beat our rivals. It felt really good to prove people wrong, no one expected us to be there. Most people dismissed us. It’s also great for the younger guys on the team who get playoff experience for next year.”

With their elimination of North, the boys moved on to the second round of regional playoffs. In the regular season, West played GBS twice and lost both rounds; however, the boys still had the determination to keep fighting in the playoffs.

After a long and hard fought battle, the team fell to the Titans 42-65. This loss eliminated West from the playoffs and ended their season.

“The loss was definitely tough. This was one of our longest basketball seasons we’ve ever had, and to have it end on just one game like that made it just that much harder on the team,” senior captain Kevin Guillaume said.

Even though the boys were eliminated by GBS, the Titans will have to face off against the #4 ranked Evanston Wildkits on Tues., March 5, in order to advance.

Contributions made by Christina Lappas.