Senior Pete Mangan’s layup with 2 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Wednesday put the Ramblers ahead by five points on the road against New Trier.
It was the last points they scored in a 46-41 loss to the Trevians.
Loyola last led 41-40 and had three more chances to either extend the advantage, take the lead or tie the score. But the Ramblers turned over the ball on those three possessions in the final 1:05.
The Trevians scored the final 10 points, including making all six free throws in the final 50 seconds. New Trier beat Loyola 56-54 in overtime in this game last season.
Despite the defeat, Loyola head coach Tom Livatino was upbeat after the game.
“That is what we wanted from this game,” he said. “Obviously, we wanted to win, but I am proud of this team. We took a big step forward, and we can build off of this.”
The Ramblers (2-1) play Lincoln Park (2-1) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Loyola. New Trier (3-0) plays St. Ignatius (3-0) for the New Trier/Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament title.
Junior guard Connor Barrett (pictured above) had another good offensive performance for the Ramblers, scoring a team-best 13 points. He hit two 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter to give Loyola a 35-29 lead.
Senior guard Kevin Cunningham finished with nine points, while sophomore forward Jordan Kwiecinski and Mangan each added seven points apiece. Kwiecinski came down with an offensive rebound with 23.7 seconds to go in the fourth and the Ramblers trailing 42-41, but they later lost possession on a jump ball.
The last time the two rivals played was at the Class 4A regional final at Zion-Benton, where Loyola earned a 43-40 win.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola