Stevenson downs Lake Forest for ninth straight win
Lincolnshire-02/08/13, Fri./Stevenson High School #35 Connor Cashaw, of Stevenson with the inside move for the bucket vs. Lake Forest. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 8, 2013 10:56PM
LINCOLNSHIRE — Stevenson’s boys basketball team can’t say it’s the North Suburban Conference Lake Division champion yet, but it took an important step toward that goal Friday night.
Behind a quiet 23 points from star sophomore guard Jalen Brunson, the Patriots won their ninth game in a row by beating Lake Forest 59-50. With the victory, Stevenson (19-4, 8-2) remains in the driver’s seat for the NSC Lake title, with Zion-Benton one loss behind.
“We want to play hard every game and go into the playoffs with a chip on our shoulder,” said Patriots sophomore guard Connor Cashaw, who finished with 13 points and five rebounds.
Early on, the game looked as though it would be a shootout. But a 16-14 score at the end of the first quarter did not foreshadow what was to come. It was in the second quarter where Stevenson took control, outscoring Lake Forest 15-8 to lead 31-22 at the break.
Brunson, who played in front of numerous college scouts watching from the stands, waited until the fourth quarter to put on a show. After Lake Forest senior center Sam Downey (team-leading 16 points) scored to make it 44-39 Stevenson early in the fourth, the Patriots went on a decisive 9-2 run. It was capped by a play fans had been waiting for all night. After a mid-court steal, senior Matt Morrissey fed Brunson, who was all alone leading the break. Brunson went up with his left hand, hesitating slightly before finishing with a Scouts defender trailing.
Dunk or no dunk?
“I thought he (the defender) was going to jump with me. I gathered it at the last second,” Brunson said. “I’ll count it as a dunk.”
Lake Forest sophomore forward Evan Boudreaux had 18 points and eight rebounds. The Scouts (15-7, 4-6), have now lost four conference games in a row.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Thursday to read more about the Lake Forest and Stevenson boys basketball teams.
Stevenson 59, Lake Forest 50
Jalen Brunson 23, Matt Morrissey 10, Connor Cashew 13, Andrew Stempel 8, John Duffy 0, Parker Nichols 4, Justin Berkson 0.
Lake Forest (15-7)
George Quall 3, Ben Simpson 7, Evan Boudreaux 18, Sam Downey 16, Carter Bass 9, Jack Traynor 1, Cal Miller 2, Nick Kester 0, Ryan Bender 0.
Stevenson 16-15-8-20 — 59
Lake Forest 14-8-12-16 — 50
3-point goals: Stevenson (Morrissey 2, Stempel 2) Lake Forest (Bass 3, Simpson, Quall, Boudreaux). Fouled out: Stevenson (none), Lake Forest (none). Team fouls: Stevenson 12, Lake Forest 14.