Loyola’s 10 seniors are the most Tom Livatino has had on one team in his eight seasons as head coach of the Ramblers. He said there were people who questioned his decision to keep that many on the varsity roster.
Talking before Loyola’s last home game and final game of the regular season Tuesday that honored those players, Livatino said he made the correct call.
“Some are starters, some are subs, some are on scout team,” said Livatino, whose previous high was nine seniors on the 2013-14 team. “But each one has been equally valuable to our team.”
Guards Jimmy Alexopoulos, Kai Khasu, Tony Reyes (pictured above) and forwards Ted Falkenhayn and Kris Lampley started in Loyola’s 68-35 win over Steinmetz. The remaining seniors on the Ramblers (20-8) are Julian DeGuzman, Ramar Evans, Matt Lynch, Jack Martinus and Matt Sechman.
“This is a group of players who took different paths to get here,” Livatino said. “But it’s a band of brothers. That was the slogan they liked the most, and I challenged them to make sure it was appropriate. It was. They grew to become a tremendous brotherhood.”
All 10 seniors scored Tuesday, and they accounted for 58 of the team’s points. Lampley led the way with 10 points. Alexopoulos finished with eight points, while Sechman had seven points. DeGuzman, Falkenhayn, Martinus and Reyes all scored six apiece. Khasu (5), Evans (2) and Lynch (2) rounded out the senior class scoring.
This is Loyola’s first 20-win campaign since the 2013-14 season. Those Ramblers finished 25-6 and captured a Class 4A sectional championship.
Loyola, the No. 4 seed at the Class 4A Waukegan Sectional, next plays Tuesday in the regional semifinals at Zion-Benton against either No. 13 Highland Park or No. 20 Taft.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola