Surging Eagles ace difficult road test
By David Perry Special to The News-Sun January 18, 2013 9:06PM
Updated: February 20, 2013 6:09AM
The Lakes Eagles remained in the hunt for the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division boys basketball title by routing host Wauconda 74-57 on Friday night.
The Eagles are 14-6 overall, and 6-1 in the division, one game behind North Chicago in the standings. Those teams will play in Lake Villa in a couple of weeks.
The Eagles, who are 14-4 when not playing North Chicago this season, were never in trouble in the contest.
After building a 16-point halftime lead, Lakes never led by fewer than nine points the rest of the way.
Wauconda got within 64-55 on a three-point basket by Kodey Thomas with 3:40 left, but the Eagles closed out the game on a 10-2 run to win going away.
The first half was textbook hoops by the Eagles. They shot 62 percent (15-of-24 from the field), and got balanced scoring — eight from Andrew Spencer and Direll Clark, and seven from Jake Kohler.
Wauconda hurt itself with seven first-quarter turnovers to fall behind 17-8, but the Bulldogs (10-8 overall, 4-3 in the division) simply couldn’t stop one of the area’s best teams.
Thomas led Wauconda in scoring with 21 points. Dion Head had a dozen points and Austin Swenson finished with 11.
Lakes got 24 points from Clark, and 12 each from Spencer and Kohler in securing the victory.
Wauconda’s 10-8 overall and 4-3 in the NSC Prairie Division.