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01/19/2013 LaGrange Park St. Viator junior Ore Arogundade (23) drives against Nazareth Academy junior Evan McLaughlin (21) during the game at Nazareth Academy on Saturday, January 19, 2013. | Michael Jarecki ~ For Sun-Times Media
Mike Howland’s feelings are split after coaching an East Suburban Catholic Conference game where his team scored more than 80 points, but also allowed more than 80 points.
“I told my kids, ‘Half of me is so happy that we played so well together offensively, but the other side is mad because I know as a defensive team that we are better than that,” said Howland, St. Viator’s coach.
Both St. Viator and Nazareth set new marks for points allowed in a game this season. The Lions outscored host Nazareth 86-81 Friday night in a game that turned into a wacky scoring fest in the third quarter when both teams combined to score 52 points.
Nazareth senior John R. Bonk scored a game-high 26 points by making the game’s final basket at the buzzer on a layup. Sophomore guard Mark Falotico scored a season-high 24 points for Lions (13-3, 3-1) with a boost from nine points during a 25-point third quarter for his team.
“It was really nice,” Falotico said. “I got to exhibit (my play) and people can see what I can do today.”
Falotico outscored St. Viator scoring leader Ore Arogundade, who finished with 22 points and eight rebounds while shooting 7 of 11 at the free-throw line.
Mike McNamara (17 points, four 3-pointers) scored 11 points in a 2 1/2 minute span for St. Viator in the second quarter to give the Lions a 41-29 lead at halftime.
Four of Nazareth’s starters reached double figures scoring. Seven-footer Tyler Jackson (five rebounds) had 14 points to finish ahead of Dan Kienzle (13 points) and Tim Kuckailis (12 points).
The most points Nazareth (8-8, 1-3) has allowed this season came in a 74-59 loss to New Trier Dec. 22 in the Proviso West Holiday tournament opener. The Roadrunners scored 83 points in an overtime win over Illiana Christian Dec. 4.
“Both teams had defensive breakdowns,” Nazareth coach John N. Bonk said. “That was a small positive for us.”
Nazareth lost its fourth consecutive game and hasn’t won since beating Downers Grove South 63-51 Dec. 28 at Proviso West. The Roadrunners play Brooks in the MLK Dream Classic at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Young.
St. Viator topped its season scoring total from an 82-48 season-opening win against Walther Lutheran Nov. 14.
Starting forward George Kiernan, a 6-5 forward for Nazareth, injured his right knee late in the third quarter and could not return. Kiernan needed crutches to leave the school and was planning on seeing a doctor in the next few days.