New Trier's David Hammes gets past Notre Dame's Billy Hirsch and takes a shot during their sectional semifinal at Glenbrook North March 7, 2013. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
Turnovers used to cripple Reid Berman.
He recalled last year’s season-ending loss to Evanston in the sectional semifinal as an example.
While the New Trier senior point guard made some mistakes in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s Class 4A Glenbrook North Sectional semifinal game, he more than made up for them.
Berman assisted on two Aaron Rosen three-pointers over a 27-second stretch in the final two minutes of the game that were instrumental in the Trevians’ 59-58 win over Notre Dame.
Berman’s reward is his first trip to a sectional final in his three varsity seasons.
“I can’t let turnovers get to me like I used to let them,” said Berman, who helped the Trevians to a program record for wins in a season and will leave New Trier as the all-time leader in assists. “I have to keep playing with confidence. Fortunately, it’s a team effort, and I am beyond excited to play Friday.”
The third-seeded Trevians (27-5) looked to be in control after senior guard Stas Banas scored with 3:34 remaining in the fourth to put the team up 49-39.
But second-seeded Notre Dame (24-6) forced three consecutive turnovers and converted all of them into points to cut the Trevian lead to 49-47 with 2:18 to go.
That’s when Berman and Rosen got in the groove. Berman first found the senior forward at the top of the key and then again in the corner to extend New Trier’s lead to six, 55-49.
“Those were enormous points of the game,” New Trier coach Scott Fricke said of Rosen’s long-range jumpers. “We were starting to lose momentum. It was almost like we had the game almost in hand. Then, we turned the ball over a couple of times, and that just turned the game around.
“Aaron then came up with a couple of huge shots in that situation.”
Notre Dame senior Matt Mooney made things interesting with three three-pointers in the final 24.6 seconds, but the Dons never had the ball with a chance to tie or win. He finished with a game-best 23 points.
New Trier senior guard Steven Cook led the Trevians with 21 points. He also had six rebounds and five blocks. Rosen made five three-pointers for 19 points.
New Trier plays fourth-seeded Niles North on Friday. It will be the first meeting between the two CSL clubs.