Robby Nardini scored a game-high 26 points, and Vernon Hills' boys basketball team held off Leyden 71-60 to win Northridge Prep's The Battle at the Ridge tournament in Niles on Saturday night.
Matt Weaver and Sam Rattner (three 3-pointers) added 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Cougars, who went 4-0 in the tourney.
Vernon Hills led 18-16 after one quarter, 33-30 at halftime and 50-47 after three quarters. Nardini scored 8 points in the fourth, going 6 of 8 from the foul line. Rattner also provided a big fourth-quarter lift, hitting two 3s and scoring 9 points. Weaver added a bucket and 2 free throws, while Corey Levin hit a shot in the fourth as well.
Crystal Lake South 85, Grant 68: At Richmond-Burton, Caleb Johnson scored 12 points, as the Gators won the championship, co-hosted by R-B and Johnsburg.
Crystal Lake South (4-0) also received double-digit points from Austin Rogers (11), Wes Buckner (11), Chris Mahoney (10) and Alex Reich (10). The Gators were up 16-11 after one quarter and then outscored the Bulldogs 33-7 in the second quarter to take a 49-18 advantage into halftime.
Grant (3-1) was led by Steve Dunning's game-high 15 points. Mike Burns added 11, Deonte Dillon and Rayvon Jones had 10 apiece, and Ryan Noda finished with eight.
Wauconda 57, Zion-Benton JV 48: At Richmond-Burton, Joey Lovelle scored 22 points and the Bulldogs concluded tournament action with their second win in as many nights.
Ricky Sidlowski added 10 points and 9 rebounds for Wauconda (3-1), which took third place. Dion Head totaled 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals, while Ben Carlson had 6 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.
Lovelle and Kevin Malisheski each sank a pair of 3-pointers.
Libertyville 86, Chicago Corliss 56: At Maine West, Joe Borcia scored 22 points, as the Wildcats won going away.
Anthony Monken (14 points), Matt Reed (12) and John Vernasco (12) also scored in double figures for Libertyville, while Jack Lipp added 9.
Lake Forest Academy 48, Lakes 40: At Mundelein, the Caxys secured second place in the tournament as junior guard Ryan Clamage scored a game-high 16 points.
All-tournament pick Dejon Brissett added 11 points for LFA (4-1), which led all the way.
Lakes (0-5) received double-digit points from T.J. Edwards (13) and Jacob Balliu (12). Each player hit two 3-pointers. Balliu came off the bench to add 6 rebounds and 3 steals.
Tramone Hudson (8 points) represented the Eagles on the all-tourney team.
Uplift 64, Barrington 56: At Mundelein, the Titans clinched the championship, prevailing in overtime to finish 5-0 in the tournament.
Augustin Tronou and Jeremy Roscoe each scored 18 points for Uplift, which outscored Barrington 10-2 in OT.
Austin Madrzyk and Zach Bart had 14 points apiece to lead Barrington (2-3), which had won its last two games. Chris Lester added 10 for the Broncos.
Addison Trail 60, Lake Zurich 59: At West Chicago, the Bears dropped their tournament finale, despite Mike Travlos' 20 points and Brad Kruse's 15.
Addison Trail's James Pupillo led all scorers with 21 points.
Lake Zurich (3-2) trailed by three with a minute to go. But Travlos made 2 free throws and then hit a pullup shot in the lane with 10 seconds left to give the Bears the lead, before Pupillo went coast to coast for the game-winning layup.
Lake Zurich was up 22-16 after one quarter but went into halftime tied 29-29. The Bears regained the lead at 41-37 entering the fourth quarter.
"Brad did a great job attacking the basket in the second half, and Mike made some clutch plays down the stretch," Bears coach Billy Pitcher said of Kruse and Travlos. "So it's disappointing those efforts were spoiled because we played so poor defensively."
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