Headed to overtime in the Maine West regional final, Loyola coach Tom Livatino didn’t yell and scream at his team. He didn’t give them a motivational speech, either. Instead he told them that he had confidence in their abilities, and that if they played to their highest level, they’d end the game with a trophy.
The Ramblers listened to their coach and did their job, taking control in the extra period to prevail with a 70-64 overtime win over the host Warriors to win the regional championship. The win advances top-seeded Loyola to the Maine South sectional, where it will face longtime rival New Trier on Tuesday night.
“I kind of took a step back, and they delivered,” Livatino said. “I just didn’t screw it up.” -