Updated: January 23, 2013 6:06AM
The Lakes Eagles stayed in the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division title picture by knocking off host Grant 69-52 on Friday in Fox Lake.
The winners are 4-1 in the division, a game behind North Chicago, and also are 9-3 overall. They play on Saturday against Hope Academy from Chicago in the Jacobs tourney.
Grant is 5-6 and 1-4, and will host Grayslake North at 7 on Saturday on Day 1 of Grant’s own holiday tournament.
In Friday’s win, Lakes built an 11-point first quarter lead, saw Grant pull within three in the second quarter, and then regained control for good.
The lead was nine at half (39-30) and 16 after three quarter (58-42).
Andrew Spencer led the winners in scoring with 25 points, and was 6-of-8 from behind the three-point line in the game — hitting six straight from downtown after missing his first.
Justin Bergeron added 15 points and Direll Clark scored 12.
For Grant, Tom Blanchette led the way with 18 points. Steve Dunning had 14 and Frank Tokarz scored 11.
“I thought we had a pretty solid stretch in the third quarter,” said Lakes coach Chris Snyder. “We were able to force some turnovers and hit some threes, and that’s what helped provide the separation.
“Grant kept fighting back and fighting back, but I think our kids responded well.”
This was Spencer’s best performance of the season. He’s a 6-1 senior guard.
“It was hit three-pointers that put us over the top in the third (quarter) said Snyder. “Each game, he’s been getting a little hotter and hotter, so this was a real nice game for him.”