Playing in front of the biggest crowd of the season Friday, the Loyola sophomore boys basketball team did its home fans proud by earning a 48-39 win over rival St. Ignatius.
Robert Hubbard secured the victory with one of his five 3-pointers with less than two minutes to go to give the Ramblers a 45-35 lead. He finished with a team-best 20 points.
“That’s not a shot for most guys, but he knows he has the green light,” Loyola sophomore boys head coach Brian Murphy said.
Loyola’s leading scorer Connor Barrett contributed 13 points. Armoni Dixon and Jordan Kwiecinski each scored four points apiece.
The Ramblers (14-4, 7-0) trailed early in the first quarter but took control and went into the half ahead 24-16. They led 31-26 after three.
“We had to get out and run a little more,” Murphy said. “We don’t run great halfcourt stuff like the varsity stuff, so we like to run and get some easy buckets that way.”
Murphy said this was a game the players will remember for a long time.
“We tried to get them ready, but we haven’t played in front of this many people before,” he said. “It’s an adjustment, for sure. But the atmosphere is awesome.”