Boys Basketball: Lakes downs Wauconda, remain in conference title huntWauconda's Kyle Ryan (right) shoots one as Lakes' Justin Schneider guards him during their basketball game at Lakes. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 19, 2012 9:02PM
Host Lakes shook off a slow start and knocked off visiting Wauconda 66-50 on Thursday to remain in the hunt for the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division title.
The Eagles (12-7, 6-1), trail unbeaten North Chicago in the loop, but the Hawks have a tough game at Grant on Friday night, and Lakes will get its shot at the leaders next month.
In Thursday’s win, Lakes got double-figure scoring from four players and nine more points from sophomore T.J. Edwards as it overcame a 24-23 halftime deficit.
Justin Bergeron had 13 points, 6-8 center Justin Schneider 12, Tanner Blain 12 and Jacob Brown 12 off the bench for the winners.
Lakes played without three starters who have now served of their three-game suspension imposed by the school.
“We started playing a little harder (in the second half) and we had some guys step up,” said Lakes coach Chris Snyder.
Among those stepping up were Schneider and Bergeron, who led the Eagles to a 21-7 rebounding edge after the break. Schneider finished with 10 boards, nine in the second half. Bergeron had eight total.
On the other end, Edwards scored all nine of his points in the second half, Schneider had 10 and Bergeron nine.
“We challenged them (Schneider and Bergeron) to hit the glass in the second half,” Snyder said, “and they responded with big efforts. This game keeps us right in it. We’re just taking it one game at a time until we play North Chicago.”
For Wauconda, Kyle Ryan scored 18 points and Austin Swenson added 17.
For the game, Lakes hit 25 of 50 from the field and Wauconda (9-11 overall, 2-5 in the division) was 18 of 45 and hit eight-pointers.