The Ramblers got off to their best start of the season Tuesday on their way to a 53-38 win over St. Viator at home.

Loyola (4-4) ended the first quarter on a 15-0 run to lead the Lions 18-2. Five Ramblers scored, and the team made four 3-pointers in the first eight minutes.

“Far away our best, in all aspects,” Loyola head coach Tom Livatino said of the first quarter. “We were locked in, and we looked like a Loyola basketball team.”

The good play continued in the second quarter, and the Ramblers went into intermission ahead 28-6. Eight Ramblers scored in the first two quarters, and St. Viator (3-5) didn’t score consecutive baskets in the half.

“We had two intense practices before this game,” Livatino said. “We challenged the guys to act like Ramblers, and they responded. The team decided to make a change. We saw more leadership this week.”

The Lions cut into the big lead in the second half, but the closest they came was 14 with 2 minutes, 3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

“That’s a good team,” Livatino said. “They have some losses, but they have played a difficult schedule. It was a great test for us. We needed to take a positive step, and we saw that.”

Junior guard Kevin Cunningham finished 4-for-6 from 3-point range to score a game-best 14 points. He also had four rebounds and two assists. Loyola went 7-for-16 on 3s and 10-for-15 from the free throw line.

Senior forward Julian DeGuzman added 10 points and four rebounds off the bench. Senior guard Jack Martinus (pictured above) contributed 10 points. Senior guard Ramar Evans had 10 rebounds, four points and four assists. Senior forward Matt Sechman pitched in four points and four rebounds.

Loyola plays at home Friday against Montini in a Catholic North contest. The Ramblers are 1-1 in league play.

GIRLS: The Ramblers struggled to put the ball in the basket Tuesday and lost to Trinity 42-30 on the road in a GCAC Red game.

Loyola, which scored 10 points in the first half, were led by senior forward Clare Nelson (13 points) and junior forward Lilly Wehman (8 points).

The Ramblers (6-3, 1-1) host Fenwick on Thursday in another conference game. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola