Boys Basketball: Broncos rebound, topple FremdBarrington-01/14/12, Sat./Barrington High School
#12 Scott Nelson, of Barrington with the hoop vs. Fremd Saturday night during game play.
| Joe Shuman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 14, 2012 11:08PM
Barrington bounced back from Tuesday’s disappointing nonconference loss to Grant with an emphatic 61-41 conference victory over Fremd on Saturday night in Barrington.
The Broncos (12-6, 4-1) kept pace with Schaumburg atop the MSL-West. Those two teams will meet next Friday in Barrington.
On Saturday, Barrington got off to a fast start, opening up a 17-4 advantage in the first quarter, a frame in which the visiting Vikings did not score a basket.
Fremd (10-8, 3-2) closed a 16-point gap to nine at halftime.
But Barrington scored the first basket of the third quarter and never let its advantage dip below double-digits. The Broncos maintained a 15-17-point edge for much of the game’s final 12 minutes
“We were really happy with our performance tonight,’ Barrington head coach Bryan Tucker said. “We have a good group of kids. We talked about Tuesday’s (74-68 loss to Grant) and they took it to heart.
“We saw some things that were easily correctable and we thought some of Tuesday night’s woes were in effort and energy. Tonight, start to finish, we played with a lot of effort, energy and enthusiasm. We got some momentum early and carried it through.”
Junior guard Scott Nelson led the Broncos’ balanced attack with a season-high 16 points. Senior guard Ryan Carroll and senior forward John Schneider added eight points apiece. The Western Illinois-bound Schneider, who had five rebounds, was playing in just his second game of the season after breaking his finger.
Fremd struggled from the field all night, scoring just 10 baskets. The Vikings did go 18-for-29 at the free-throw line.
Senior forward Adam Gorecki led Fremd with 12 points, and he added five rebounds. Senior Garrett Peters had 10 points for the visitors, including five during a second quarter in which the Vikings outscored the Broncos 16-11.
“We got down early, kind of dug ourselves a hole,” Fremd head coach Bob Widlowski said. “That kind of changed the game plan. They got off to a real good start. I don’t think we played as well as we could defensively. Giving up 17 in the first quarter and 61 for the game is not a good formula to win a game.”
The Vikings return to action at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday when they host Hoffman Estates.