Lutz delivers against Vikes
Glenbrook North's Ethan Lutz grabs a rebound in front of Deerfield's Michael Alfieri in their game on Dec. 7. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 25, 2013 12:30PM
SKOKIE — Ethan Lutz’s 3-pointer late in the game against Niles North could have been a difference-maker.
At the time, the junior guard’s long-range basket signaled a potential start to Glenbrook North’s comeback.
Less than 30 seconds later, Vikings senior Malachi Nix answered with one of his own, effectively sending Niles North to the 62-57 win Friday.
“That sealed it for them,” said Lutz, who finished with eight points. “That was a big shot. I hope I can be someone who makes those shots for my team.”
Glenbrook North senior point guard Kurt Karis appreciated Lutz’s effort in such a big game. Karis said he looks for Lutz to continue to be that kind of player for the Spartans.
“He’s been working on his shot,” said Karis, whose team fell to 8-8 overall and 4-2 in the CSL North, two games behind the Vikings. “Teams key on me, Andrew (McAuliffe) and Jason (Markus). Because of that, Ethan will be open. He’s going to have to knock down those shots.”
Although Lutz said he’s been in a slump most of the season, he conceded his long-range, last-minute basket might be the one to generate some confidence.
After being one of the go-to scorers on the sophomore team last season, the 6-foot-1 Lutz is paying his dues on varsity. He’s been a part-time starter and one of the first guards off the bench. Lutz said Friday was one of his better games of the season.
“I’ve been in and out of the lineup, but I’ve been playing with some confidence lately,” said Lutz, who shares a role with senior guard Benjy Lerman. “I thought I had a pretty good game against Niles North. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get the win, but I did what I was expected to do.”
Lutz spent the many hours in the offseason at the Glenbrook North gym, taking countless shots. Markus, a senior sharpshooting guard, also was a regular with Lutz.
Even still, Lutz struggled with his shot early this season, but Lutz said coach Dave Weber never discouraged him from letting it fly.
“That’s what I do,” Lutz said. “Sometimes, they fall, and sometimes they don’t, but I have what it takes to be a good shooter on this team.”