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Huge fourth quarter keeps Bulldogs in race

Updated: February 27, 2013 6:14AM

Waukegan scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to erase a two-point deficit and went on to beat host Evanston 58-51 Friday in a Central Suburban League South Division boys basketball game.

The Bulldogs are 11-8 overall and 5-2 in the division, one game behind Maine South and New Trier.

Evanston led 36-34 after three periods, but Waukegan scored 24 points in the final eight minutes — one of its best offensive outputs for a quarter this entire season.

Jordan Johnson (game-high 22 points) scored the first bucket of the fourth quarter to tie it.

And then, in succession, Jerome Davis made one free throw, and baskets by Quinton Davis (no relation), Jerome Davis, Devonte Taylor and Jerome Davis again made it 45-36.

The lead eventually got to 52-41 on a dunk by Jerome Davis with 2:30 to go, and that was the game.

“It was a sloppy game with a lot of turnovers, but there was still that Waukegan/Evanston passion out there on the floor,” said Bulldogs coach Ron Ashlaw. “It’s hard to win high school basketball games, especially in this league.”

Ashlaw was thrilled with the way his team played down the stretch.

“I think we dug down a little deeper defensively in the fourth,” Ashlaw said. “We had some tipped balls and some run-outs that gave us easy baskets.

“We had guys just make the plays that were necessary. It wasn’t a pretty, artistic basketball game, but a win is a win, especially on the road.”

Jerome Davis finished with 12 points for the winners.

Evanston was led by Pete Winslow with 15 points. He was the only Wildkit in double figures.

The first half of the game will not make either team’s highlight reel.

The Bulldogs led 24-21 in a slow-paced, turnover-plagued 16 minutes of action in which neither team was able to take control.

On Saturday night, Waukegan will playing at East Aurora.

Evanston’s next game is next Friday against Niles West.

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