November 22 Leo vs. Black and Orange game Tip Off: 4:30 p.m.
November 28 Waukegan (Quincy Tourney)

Quincy High School
3322 Maine Street
Quincy, Ill.

Tip Off: TBA Final score: W 69-55
November 29 Lutheran North Missouri (Quincy Tourney)

Quincy High School
3322 Maine Street
Quincy, Ill.

Tip Off: TBA Final score: L 61-60
November 30 Quincy (Quincy Tourney)

Quincy High School
3322 Maine Street
Quincy, Ill.

Tip Off: TBA Final score: L 65-45
December 4 Leo vs. Loyola Academy Tip Off: 7 p.m. Final score: L 49-39
Next Game
December 6 St. Joseph

St. Joseph High School
10900 West Cermak Road
Westchester, Ill.

Tip Off: 7 p.m.
December 10 Leo vs. De La Salle Tip Off: 7 p.m.
December 13 St. Ignatius

St. Ignatius High School
1076 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, Ill.

Tip Off: 7 p.m.
December 14 Team Rose Shootout

Mount Carmel High School
6410 South Dante Avenue
Chicago, Ill.

Tip Off: TBA
December 20 Leo vs. DePaul Prep Tip Off: 7 p.m.
December 21 CCL vs ESCC Shootout

St. Patrick High School
5900 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, Ill.

Tip Off: 2:30 p.m.
December 26 Proviso West Christmas Tourney

Proviso West High School
4701 West Harrison
Hillside, Ill.

Tip Off: TBA
December 27 Proviso West Christmas Tourney

Proviso West High School
4701 West Harrison
Hillside, Ill.

Tip Off: TBA
December 28 Proviso West Christmas Tourney

Proviso West High School
4701 West Harrison
Hillside, Ill.

Tip Off: TBA
December 29 Proviso West Christmas Tourney

Proviso West High School
4701 West Harrison
Hillside, Ill.

Tip Off: TBA
January 4 Sullivan High School Shootout

Sullivan High School
6631 North Bosworth Avenue
Chicago, Ill.

Tip Off: 3:30 p.m.
January 10 Fenwick

Fenwick High School
505 Washington Boulevard
Oak Park, Ill.

Tip Off: 7 p.m.
January 11 Leo vs. Brother Rice Tip Off: 5 p.m. ALUMNI NIGHT
January 17 St. Laurence

St. Laurence High School
5556 W. 77th Street
Burbank, Ill.

Tip Off: 7 p.m.
January 23 Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks High School
250 East 111th Street
Chicago, Ill.

Tip Off: 6:30 p.m.
January 24 St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales High School
10155 South Ewing Avenue
Chicago, Ill.

Tip Off: 7 p.m.
January 25 Orr Breast Cancer Shootout

Orr Academy High School
730 N. Pulaski Avenue
Chicago, Ill.

Tip Off: TBA
January 28 Leo vs. Richards High School Tip Off: 7 p.m.
January 31 Leo vs. Marmion Academy Tip Off: 7 p.m.
February 1 Bob Schab Shootout

Lincoln-Way West
21701 South Gougar Road
New Lenox, Ill.

Tip Off: TBA
February 4 Leo vs. Hillcrest Tip Off: 7 p.m.
February 7 Leo vs. Mount Carmel Tip Off: 7 p.m.
February 11 Montini

Montini High School
19W070 16th Street
Lombard, Ill.

Tip Off: 7 p.m.
February 14 St. Rita

St. Rita High School
7740 South Western Avenue
Chicago, Ill.

Tip Off: 7 p.m.
February 16 Evergreen Park Shootout

Evergreen Park High School
9901 South Kedzie Avenue
Evergreen Park, Ill.

Tip Off: TBA
February 18 Leo vs. Providence St. Mel Tip Off: 7 p.m. SENIOR NIGHT
February 21 Providence Catholic

Providence Catholic High School
1800 West Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, Ill.

Tip Off: 7 p.m.

Leo took the floor for its home opener on Wednesday, Dec. 4 intent on erasing the memory of a disappointing trip to the Quincy Thanksgiving Tournament. The Lions lost two of their three games at Quincy, playing without senior standout Kendale Anderson, who was away from the team for personal reasons.

With Anderson back in the fold, the hosts had their way with Loyola Academy for three quarters in the Catholic League crossover game. But things unraveled at both ends of the floor in the fourth, and the Ramblers (5-0) strutted out of the Lions Den with a 49-39 victory.

“We played our game and controlled the tempo in the first three quarters,” Leo coach Jamal Thompson said. “In the fourth, we didn’t.”

While the long, rangy Kwiecinski twins—6-foot-8 Jordan and 6-foot-8 Bennett—kept the Lions from getting anything going at the rim, Loyola guards Vaughn Pemberton and Matt Enghauser attacked the basket with impunity at the other end, fueling a 12-0 Ramblers run that decided the game. The Lions endured 11 straight empty possessions while being outscored 21-6 in the fourth quarter, missing eight shots and turning the ball over three times.

Leo had 12 turnovers for the game, a fatal flaw against a Loyola team that combines patient, ball-control offense with active, in-your-face defense to limit an opponent’s possessions. The Ramblers also shot 26 free throws, converting 20, while the Lions were a mere 3-for-6 from the foul line. Such an advantage is an anomaly for a road team, but it speaks to the manner in which the game was played: Loyola’s constant motion creating driving lanes, while Leo did too much ineffectual dribbling while  standing around on the perimeter.

Bennett Kwiecinski had seven of his game-high 12 points in the fourth quarter, along with nine rebounds and three blocks. Pemberton, a star running back for the Loyola football team, scored all nine of his points in the second half. Kevin Drumgoole and Terrance Ford led the Lions with 10 points apiece, while Anderson managed nine after taking the floor in the second quarter to do battle inside with the Kwiecinskis, who had him outnumbered.

Leo, having lost three straight games for the first time in four years, has no time to feel sorry for itself. The Lions must regroup for a trip to Westchester and their CCL White Division opener against St. Joe’s on Friday, Dec. 6.