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Fremd springs upset of Waukegan
  • Fremd's Adam Gorecki makes a strong move to the basket against Waukegan's Akeem Springs during Tuesday's regional semifinal at Palatine.

    Purchase Photo | Fremd's Adam Gorecki makes a strong move to the basket against Waukegan's Akeem Springs during Tuesday's regional semifinal at Palatine. JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  •  Fremd's Adam Gorecki, left, drives on Waukegan defender DeVonte Taylor during Tuesday's regional semifinal at Palatine. The No. 13 seed Vikings handled the No. 4 Bulldogs 71-54 to earn a spot in Friday's regional championship.

    Purchase Photo | Fremd's Adam Gorecki, left, drives on Waukegan defender DeVonte Taylor during Tuesday's regional semifinal at Palatine. The No. 13 seed Vikings handled the No. 4 Bulldogs 71-54 to earn a spot in Friday's regional championship. JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  •  Fremd's Riley Glassman tries to hang onto the ball as the Waukegan defense closes in during Tuesday's regional semifinal at Palatine.

    Purchase Photo | Fremd's Riley Glassman tries to hang onto the ball as the Waukegan defense closes in during Tuesday's regional semifinal at Palatine. JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  •  Fremd's Nate Serviss takes the ball to the hoop during Tuesday's regional semifinal at Palatine.

    Purchase Photo | Fremd's Nate Serviss takes the ball to the hoop during Tuesday's regional semifinal at Palatine. JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  •  Fremd's Nate Serviss takes a shot against Waukegan.

    Purchase Photo | Fremd's Nate Serviss takes a shot against Waukegan. JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  •  Fremd's Nate Serviss drives to the basket for a layup during Tuesday's regional semifinal against Waukegan at Palatine.

    Purchase Photo | Fremd's Nate Serviss drives to the basket for a layup during Tuesday's regional semifinal against Waukegan at Palatine. JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  •  Waukegan defenders Akeem Springs, left, and DeVonte Taylor, right, try to force a turnover on Fremd's Matt Wisniewski during Tuesday's regional semifinal at Palatine.

    Purchase Photo | Waukegan defenders Akeem Springs, left, and DeVonte Taylor, right, try to force a turnover on Fremd's Matt Wisniewski during Tuesday's regional semifinal at Palatine. JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Larry Weindruch

So much for the seedings.

No. 13 Fremd took it to No. 4 Waukegan, beating the Bulldogs 71-54 in the semifinals of the Palatine Class 4A regional boys basketball tournament Tuesday.

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The Vikings will wait until later tonight to find out their next opponent in Friday's regional championship game, either No. 12 Grant or No. 5 Lake Forest.

Tuesday's performance might make one wonder how a team now 17-11 could be seeded so much lower than a team finishing at 15-11.

Fremd outrebounded Waukegan by a 29-19 margin, were virtually even in turnovers, and got to the free throw line for 20 more attempts than the Bulldogs.

Fremd's entire starting five of Riley Glassmann (14 points, 7 assists), Garrett Peters (10), Nate Serviss (13, 10 rebounds), Sean Benka (10) and Adam Gorecki (game-high 22, 10 rebounds) scored in double figures, accounting for 69 of the Vikings' highest point total of the season.

"We picked a good time for it," said Fremd coach Bob Widlowski on his team's best performance of the season. "It was a complete game.

"We came in with the plan to get Adam the ball, and for a while he was hard to stop."

Gorecki had no trouble getting inside against Waukegan sophomore Jerome Davis, listed at 6-feet-6, but appearing to be a few inches shorter than the 6-6 Gorecki.

"My eyes lit up when I saw that," Gorecki said. "It's not just me; Ben (Carlson) and Nate have a big size advantage.

"It's a new season, and we're 2-0," Gorecki said. "We're looking forward to Friday."

Gorecki made 5 of 6 shots in the first quarter as the Vikings jumped out to an 18-11 lead. Waukegan trimmed the lead to 31-27 at halftime, but Fremd took control early in the third quarter, scoring the first 7 points to lead 38-27.

Fremd did not allow Waukegan to grab a single offensive rebound in the second half after giving the Bulldogs 7 second chances in the first half.

Fremd took a 47-37 lead into the fourth quarter and took advantage of its free throw opportunities, hitting 12-of-14, including 10-of-10 by Glassmann, whose defensive assignment was to shadow Waukegan Division I recruit Akeem Springs.

Springs was forced into taking many deep 3-point attempts, finishing with 17 points on 5-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-10 from behind the arc.

"He's a great player," Glassmann said. "He can do everything. I had to stay with him, and my teammates helped out, too."

"He's a big, quick guard," Widlowski said. "He was limited in his looks."

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