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Loyola bounces back with a big win, while New Trier suffers another close loss in annual War on the Shore

Evanston, Loyola Academy and Latest Trier high schools again welcomed talent from outside the region to the friendly confines of the North Shore on Saturday, Jan. 27.

It was Latest Trier’s turn to host the annual War on the Shore basketball tournament, held for the thirteenth time raising money for the Danny Did Foundation.

After the Wildkits downed St. Patrick’s, 49-45, Loyola Academy took advantage of a probability to rebound with a powerful performance against highly ranked Bloom Township. Brendan Loftus gets a shot above a Bloom defender.

The Ramblers, just a couple of hours following a Friday night defeat by the hands of St. Pat’s, jumped throughout Bloom. Because of a 23-1 run, Loyola took a 30-10 lead into the halftime break.

From there, the Ramblers rolled to a 53-39 victory, improving to 20-6 overall.

Donovan Robinson led the way in which with 17 points for Loyola, while Brendan Loftus grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked two shots. Andrew Hollerich added 10 points and Jimmy Tarjan and Miles Boland 9 apiece. Logan Feller makes a layup in traffic.

Within the nightcap, Latest Trier went forwards and backwards with West Aurora.

The Trevians’ early lead slipped away within the second quarter they usually never could reclaim it for long, falling 66-65.

Latest Trier dropped to 21-5. 4 of the Trevians’ losses have been by 4 points or fewer.

With a 62-48 victory on Friday night against host Glenbrook South, the Trevians moved to 6-1 within the Central Suburban League South with three more league games (Evanston, Feb. 2; Glenbrook South, Feb. 6; Glenbrook North, Feb. 9 — all at home) remaining. William LeeMaster grabs an offensive rebound.

Loyola coach Tom Livatino founded the War on the Shore 13 years ago to showcase North Shore basketball, while also raising money for the Danny Did Foundation. The inspiration was began in 2010 by Loyola graduate Mike Stanton and his wife, Mariann, who lost their 4-year-old son, Danny, to a seizure in his sleep.

The organization fights to forestall deaths related to seizures and epilepsy. Epilepsy impacts greater than 3.4 million people in the US and one on 26 Americans will develop epilepsy.

Livatino previously said of the shootout, “Once I began this 12 years ago, it was to rejoice basketball on the North Shore, specifically Loyola, Latest Trier and Evanston. It quickly pivoted to have a far more essential role and that’s to rejoice Danny Did for the nice work that they do.”

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