It was a tale of two styles in Friday night's Class 4A Niles West Sectional final between Maine South and Glenbrook North.
Maine South penetrated the lane for easy layups. Glenbrook North shot 3-pointers as if there was a lid on the basket.
The Hawks prevailed in a 43-41 win for their first sectional title since 1999 and their first Elite Eight berth since 1979. They will play Young on Tuesday in a UIC Supersectional.
"It was all about ball movement," said Maine South's Matt Palucki, whose three-point play gave the Hawks a 39-33 lead with 1 minute, 21 seconds left. "We were moving the ball around the perimeter and getting it inside for easy layups. That's how you win championships."
Justin Wasik and Justin Tworek (14 points) shared the inside game in the first half for Maine South. Wasik scored eight points in the opening quarter and Tworek added eight in the second for a 22-18 halftime advantage.
"We can compete with anyone," Wasik said. "I'm loving every minute of it."
The Hawks built a 31-22 lead on a Tworek layup with 2:43 to play in the third.
"We got the lead and thank God we kept it," Tworek said. "We played some great defense. We put pressure on them and didn't let them get any good looks."
Maine South kept Glenbrook North (24-6) out of the paint, and the Spartans went 2-for-18 from 3-point range. They made 13 of 47 from the field (27 percent). Maine South (28-5) made 15 of 23 shots.
Notre Dame-bound Alex Dragicevich scored a game-high 21 points and brought the Spartans to within 36-33 on a layup with 2:33 to play. But he went cold in stretches, missing seven straight shots in the first half and five of six in the second half.
Glenbrook North's Tommy Hanrahan scored a basket at the buzzer to make it 43-41.
Player of the game: Justin Tworek, Maine South, 14 points.
Key performers: Maine South — Justin Wasik, 11 points; P.J. Killean, 7 assists. Glenbrook North — Alex Dragicevich, 21 points, 7 rebounds; Tommy Hanrahan, 10 points.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun