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Milik leads Z-B to big victory

Updated: January 6, 2013 9:41AM

Junior Milik Yarbrough had 21 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead host Zion-Benton past Libertyville 54-40 on Tuesday in a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division prep boys basketball game.

The Zee-Bees are now 2-0 in the division and 6-1 overall while Libertyville is 0-1 and 1-5.

Zion actually trailed 11-2 in the opening minutes and was still down 12-7 after a quarter as Libertyville’s zone defense held Zion to 3-of-14 shooting from the field.

In the second quarter, Yarbrough had seven points as Zion took a 21-18 lead into intermission.

The Zee-Bees then broke the game open by finishing the third quarter on a 14-5 run, with Yarbrough scoring eight, including a thunderous one-handed, put-back slam.

That made it 39-29 after three quarters and Libertyville didn’t threaten the rest of the way.

Libertyville’s Matt Varner scored 12 points and Jack Deichl added eight.

For the game, the Cats shot 14-of-59 from the field and just 8-of-15 from the free-throw line.

Zion was 21-of-51 from the field.

“We’re happy with our start (to the season),” said Zion coach Don Kloth. “Anytime you win a conference game, you’re happy.

“Libertyville got off to a really good start tonight. It was our first time against a zone defense,” the coach added. “As the game went on, we attacked it a lot better and Milik’s offensive rebounding was important.”

Zion moves way up in class for its next game, playing at unbeaten Lake Forest on Saturday night.

Libertyville is at Lake Zurich the same evening.

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