Kyle Beyak made sure Prospect's slow start Thursday in Buffalo Grove didn't turn into a full stop.
Beyak scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half as the Knights forged ahead to pull out a 50-39 victory over the Bison.
"He has done that in most games this year," Prospect coach John Camardella said. "He made great drives to the rim and hit 3s for us when we needed him to."
And the Knights (5-3, 2-0) needed those triples.
With Buffalo Grove's Andrew Apel forcing Prospect's leading scorer Bobby Frasco away from the basket, Prospect needed to find some offense.
Beyak was able to deliver, nailing three 3-pointers in the first half.
"We knew that Apel was going to guard tight," Beyak said. "So I had to step up and hit some shots."
Those shots were able to offset the scoring of Apel, who was an offensive threat as well. Apel scored the Bison's first 12 points to put Buffalo Grove (2-5, 0-2) ahead early in the second quarter.
Buffalo Grove was able to stay ahead 20-19 with 2:42 left in the first half as Joe Domingo converted an offensive rebound.
Prospect then turned up the defensive pressure.
The Knights went on a 10-0 run with Beyak scoring the first points on a free throw and the final points of the run on a layup as Prospect went up 29-20 with 6:40 left in the third quarter.
"That was a huge run for us," Camardella said. "We have played good defense all year and tonight was no exception."
With Buffalo Grove focused on its offense, Frasco, who had just 2 points, was able to shake free.
The senior went on a flurry to close out the quarter, scoring the Knights' final 11 points as Prospect built a 38-27 advantage.
"Beyak stepped up huge for us early," said Frasco, who finished with 15 points. "Apel is a great athlete. But my teammates were able to find me."
Apel, who was held scoreless from early in the second quarter, regained his shooting touch in the final quarter. He finished with 21 points, hit a basket with 4:50 to play to cut the lead to 40-34.
"He (Apel) had a frustrating weekend last weekend," said Buffalo Grove coach Keith Peterson. "He wanted to come back strong and he was unstoppable in the first half. He was doing everything for us and his defense was great."
A basket by Max Cahill and 2 baskets by Danny Thomas (10 points) ended the threat.
"This completes our circus tour," said Camardella, whose team has not played a home game yet. "To come out 5-3 with the teams that we played has made us feel good. Our hope was to be competitive and we did more than that."