Defense keys 61-58 come-from-behind win over Gerstell

JJ Halaby had 23 points on 9-12 shooting and Loyola came back from a 10 point second half deficit to defeat visiting Gerstell Academy, 61-58, in the basketball season opener for both teams.

Gerstell led by 10 at the half 41-31 but Loyola allowed just 20 second half points to secure the victory. Junior Conner Hepting had 14 points and senior Cam Shaw had 11 points and 6 assists.