Hornets hit paydirt with first-year starter Motuzis
Glen Ellyn, 12/05/12--HInsdale South's Larry Motuzis beats Glenbard West's Max Montgomery down the floor. Glenbard West High School hosted HInsdale South High School in boys basketball Wednesday evening. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Girls basketball: Leyden vs. Glenbrook North at St. Viator Tournament, 6 p.m.
The Eagles will also face Fenton and Guerin in pool play before wrapping up the tournament Dec. 28-29. Leyden split its last two West Suburban Gold contests, beating Addison Trail 52-28 Dec. 11 and losing to Hinsdale South Friday.
Boys basketball: Leyden vs. St. Francis at Glenbard West Tournament, 4:30 p.m.
The Eagles will also see Timothy Christian and Hubbard in pool play before the tourney wraps up Dec. 29. Leyden (5-3, 1-3) split a pair of West Suburban Gold contests, beating Hinsdale South 47-45 Friday and losing to Downers Grove South 53-36 Saturday.
Updated: January 21, 2013 2:37PM
FRANKLIN PARK — Junior Larry Motuzis is the type of player who makes Tanner Mitchell’s first year as the Hinsdale South boys basketball team just a bit easier.
“His work ethic is something special,” Mitchell said. “He’s a hard worker and a great kid. He’s just improving his game, day after day after day, and keeps getting better. He’s going to be a very good high school player.”
Motuzis has proven to already be a pretty good player in his first varsity season.
He has been the team’s leading scorer in most games and his consistency is a valued trait for any coach.
Motuzis wasn’t expecting to start this season, but opened some eyes during the summer and has been in the starting lineup ever since.
Mitchell saw him hit clutch shots and provide scoring during the summer league.
“I knew he was going to be good,” Mitchell said. “He had a really good summer for us and is a kid that really works hard and puts a lot of time in during the offseason to improve his game. It’s paying off. He works not only with our program, but he works with other coaches in the area on his one-on-one skills. He’s a great kid, he wants to get better and he loves the game of basketball.”
“I just wanted to do my best this year and do whatever coach wanted me to do,” Motuzis said. “Coach gave me the opportunity so I just try my hardest out there.”
While the Darien resident has been pleased with what he has been able to accomplish in his first varsity season, he’s more concerned about helping the team bounce back from some tough losses.
Hinsdale South fell to 2-6 overall and 1-2 in the West Suburban Gold after losing to Leyden 47-45 Friday in Franklin Park. Five losses have come by six points or fewer.
“I can do more things to help the team out,” Motuzis said. “If we got a few more wins my individual (accomplishments) would feel better.”
The 6-foot-2 forward had 14 points, on 5-of-10 shooting, and five rebounds against Leyden (5-2).
“He’s been great,” Mitchell said. “He’s really played well for us this year. His jump shot is something special. He can really shoot it. He’s starting to get a little bit of a dribble-drive and a little bit of a mid-range shot, so he’s just getting better.”