Boys Basketball: Balanced Evanston trounces New Trier

Updated: March 6, 2012 10:09PM

Evanston played its brand of basketball Tuesday at Glenbrook South and earned itself a chance to win a sectional title Friday.

All areas were working for the Wildkits in their 65-49 win over top-seeded and No. 12-ranked New Trier. Evanston plays the winner of Niles North/Maine South in Friday’s final.

Josh Irving scored 10 of his 17 points in the first quarter, Terrell Farmby had seven of his 16 in the third quarter, and Jordan Perrin (12 points) scored 10 in the fourth for fifth-seeded Evanston (20-10).

“Everyone stepped up,” Irving said. “That’s what I like about our team.

“I did not want our season to end to New Trier.”

Ahead by two after one quarter, Evanston held the Trevians (22-6) without a field goal in the second quarter to take a 25-15 lead at intermission. The Wildkits continued their shutout into the third quarter and increased the lead to 22.

Steven Cook ended the drought with a three-point play with 1:26 left in the third quarter. It was the team’s first basket in nearly 15 minutes. Making matters worse, the Trevians went 6-for-18 from the free-throw line through three quarters. They finished 9-for-22.

“I thought we got the shots we wanted to get,” New Trier coach Scott Fricke said. “Combine that with not making free throws, and it was tough. I told our players that wasn’t our team. You can’t remember this game. No one can explain this game.”

New Trier made a run in the fourth quarter, coming as close as 13 on Connor Boehm’s basket with 4:21 remaining. But Perrin made all eight of his free throws in the final two minutes.

“You got to bring it in the fourth quarter,” Perrin said. “As long as we finish strong, that’s all that matters.

Boehm scored 17 in the final game of his four-year varsity career.

“Our kids have come a long way since I came here,’’ Evanston coach Mike Ellis said. ‘‘We are hoping it doesn’t end Friday.”

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