Boys Basketball: Mundelein too much for UpliftLakes' Direll Clark (above) shoots two as he is being guarded by Brooks' Chris Tutu during their basketball game at Mundelein. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 28, 2011 9:56PM
Mundelein made it through its own six-team, round-robin event with a clean sheet, while Lakes and Grayslake Central lost Monday on the final day of the Mustangs’ holiday tourney.
Mundelein beat Uplift from Chicago 89-82 to finish 5-0, while Lakes blew a huge lead and lost 63-53 to Brooks and Grayslake Central fell 55-42 to Barrington.
Sean O’Brien had a team-high 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead Mundelein past a winless opponent.
Robert Knar (21 points on 6 of 11 shooting, nine assists), Chino Ebube (17 points, all in the second half to go with 11 rebounds) and Cliff Dunigan (12 points) also had big games for Mundelein.
Jerrard Davis had 31 points and Devin Brown added 26 for Uplift.
“I’m really happy for the guys,” said Mundelein coach Richard Knar, Robert’s dad. “This is the first time since I’ve been here that we’ve won the tournament and the first time we’ve started (a season) 5-0.”
The coach was pleased with the play of O’Brien, a 6-5 junior.
“Sean had a really good offensive game today, and in the third quarter, we played really good defense and Sean was the key to that,” the coach added. “He does so many good things ... he can compete against any athlete because he’s so smart and so long, and he has really quick hands.
For his part, O’Brien was just glad to get another win.
“For being primarily juniors, we had a really good tournament,” said O’Brien. “For such a young team (four juniors start), we’re maturing quickly.
“We have a lot of scorers, but we need to improve on the defensive end. If we can do that, we’ll be pretty tough to beat.”
O’Brien and Knar made the all-tourney team from Mundelein, with Knar being named tourney MVP. Uplift’s Davis also made all-tourney.
Barrington 55, Grayslake Central 42: The Rams led 30-26 at halftime, but faded. Grayslake got 16 points from Jordan Taylor and 10 from Casey Boyle. Brad Zaumseil and Scott Nelson had 15 each for the Broncos. Taylor, Zaumseil and Barrington’s Mark Bennett made all-tourney.
Brooks 63, Lakes 53: The Eagles led 38-27 in the third quarter before faltering. Justin Schneider had 14 points and Justin Bergeron 10 for the Eagles. Jay-Jay Elver was Lakes’ all-tourney pick. William Gates and Erick Locke were all-tourney for Brooks.