A 13-point halftime lead had evaporated into a fourth-quarter tie when Prospect boys basketball coach John Camardella called a timeout in Tuesday night's nonconference game against Glenbrook North.
The Knights (11-6) responded by scoring 20 of the final 24 points in a 71-55 victory in Northbrook. Mike LaTulip had 28 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds and Devin O'Hara scored a career-high 15 points.
"We called the timeout and calmed everybody down," Camardella said. "It was a really strong ending to the game."
And two areas that were major strengths were a 32-16 rebound advantage and the interior defense of O'Hara, Kevin Somogyi (6 rebounds), Derice Black and Andrew Novak. Brad Reibel added 12 points and 6 rebounds.
"That was the biggest key," Camardella said of the big edge on the boards that included only 3 on the offensive end by the Spartans. "We had gotten beat on the boards the last two games and it was so important."
LaTulip hit four 3s and all 6 of his free throws to move within 25 points of breaking the Knights' career scoring record held by Craig Anderson. Their next game is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wheeling.
"He's far more focused on getting this team on the right track for the rest of the season," Camardella said of LaTulip, who scored 38 points in Saturday's win over Hersey.
Kurt Karis scored 21 points to lead Glenbrook North (13-5).
Christian Liberty 52, Westminster Christian 50 (2 ot): There was a lot more drama to Kyle Moriarty's second 24-point game in as many nights for Christian Liberty.
Moriarty's long 3 with less than 10 seconds tied the game in the second overtime. After Westminster was called for a foul on the inbound, Moriarty hit 2 free throws with three seconds left to give the Chargers (12-6, 4-2) the Northeastern Athletic Conference win at Grace Gym in Arlington Heights.
Luke Comerouski added 17 points for the Chargers. Moriarty hit three 3s and made 9 of 13 free throws.
Lake Forest 59, St. Viator 48: A disastrous fourth-quarter start by St. Viator (15-3) saw Lake Forest (10-7) take control with a tiebreaking 9-1 run in the nonconference home win.
Chris Myjak (18 points) and Kevin Walsh (17 points) led the Lions, who missed their first 10 shots and committed 2 turnovers at the start of the final quarter. Thomas Durrett had 16 points as Lake Forst won its fifth straight.
Viator played without point guard D.J. Morris (illness). Coach Mike Howland said he hopes Morris will play in Saturday's 2:30 p.m. East Suburban Catholic Conference game at Marian Catholic.
Maine South 57, Elk Grove 41: Maine South (13-9) just missed having five players in double figures as it won its sixth straight and Elk Grove (7-12) lost its fourth in a row in the nonconference game in Park Ridge.
Austin Amann (13 points) and Kishan Patel (10 points) led the Grenadiers, who were outscored 18-7 in the second quarter and trailed 33-21 at halftime. They were only 2-for-4 on free throws to Maine South's 10-for-13.
Danny Quinn led the balanced Hawks with 14 points. John Solari had 13, Frank Dounis 10 and Nick Calabrese and Matt Lahey scored 9 apiece.
Lake Park 52, Hersey 38: Sean Reszotko had 9 points and Trevor Haas and Kevin Kozil scored 8 points each as Hersey (7-11) lost for the fourth time in five tries in the nonconference home game.
Dave Prentis hit eight 3s for 24 points for Lake Park (12-5), which led 25-13 at halftime and 46-28 after three.