Niles North was in danger of losing its share of the Central Suburban North boys basketball lead when it trailed at halftime Friday night at Maine West.
But a big third quarter put the Vikings (16-6, 6-2) on their way to a 64-51 victory as they remained in a tie for first with Glenbrook North (15-5, 6-2).
Maine West (12-8, 4-4) was looking for a season sweep of Niles North as it led 31-28 at halftime. But Abdel Nader scored 7 of his game-high 23 points in a 21-6 third quarter that put the Vikings ahead 49-37.
Conor Hart scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half for the Warriors. Odera Eneogwe added 11 points and Kevin Garcia hit three 3s for 9 points.
Malachi Nix added 18 points for Niles North.
Rockford Christian 81, Christian Liberty 51: Luke Comerouski had 23 points and Ben Thomas added 14 as Christian Liberty lost the Northeastern Athletic Conference game at Rockford Christian (22-0), ranked eighth in the state in Class 2A.