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#10 AustSwens Waucond#1 Robert Wynter Antioch battle for ball during game play Friday night Antioch High School.

Antioch-1/11/13, Fri./Antioch High School #10 Austin Swenson, of Wauconda and #1 Robert Wynter, of Antioch battle for the ball during game play Friday night at Antioch High School. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 13, 2013 6:07AM

Wauconda held Antioch to eight second-half points and rolled to a 47-21 victory on the road Friday in a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division boys basketball game.

The Bulldogs are 4-2 in the division and 10-7 overall while Antioch is winless in six division games and has won just twice all season.

For a half, it looked like Antioch had a chance at its third win, as the first half lacked structure and ended with Wauconda ahead 18-13.

Antioch’s Tyler Innis was 3-of-4 shooting and had seven points, but the rest of the team was 2-of-10 from the field, and the Sequoits also committed 11 turnovers.

Wauconda’s Austin Swenson (9 points) and Kodey Thomas (8) had all but one of the Bulldogs’ markers in the first two frames. Wauconda was 6-of-17 shooting in the half.

But in the third quarter, Innis made 1-of-2 free throws with 31 seconds to go in the frame to account for all of Antioch’s offense. Wauconda scored the first 13 points of the period to end the competitive phase of the game. Wauconda cranked up the defensive pressure in the frame, and its zone press forced eight turnovers. Antioch had just three shots in the entire quarter.

For the game, Thomas led with 17 points and Swenson added 14.

Antioch got eight points to lead the Sequoits, who will host Lake Zurich on Saturday night.

“It was a tough game tonight,” said Antioch coach Jim White. “It’s been a tough game every night lately. We are in a game until halftime. But then, if we are not hitting our shots, we aren’t having a lot of success,”

The coach added that in the paint, the Sequoits “are a little thin.”

White said Wauconda’s third-quarter “press was expected. We expected it. We repped it (in practice), but the confidence in handling it is just not there year. We showed our inexperience tonight.”

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