Fremd's Riley Glassmann made sure his final trip to Schaumburg was a successful one.
Glassmann, who has been a three-year starter for the Vikings, scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half as Fremd remained unbeaten with a hard fought 39-35 victory over the Saxons on Friday.
"It has become a rivalry the past few years," Glassmann said. "It is nice to get out of here with a win."
Glassmann, like everyone else on the court in the first half, was frustrated offensively as both teams struggled to get the ball in the basket. Fremd (9-0, 3-0 Mid-Suburban West) shot just 23 percent in the first half (5-of-23) while Schaumburg turned the ball over 12 times as the Vikings led 13-9 at the half.
"We limited their looks and they limited our looks," Fremd coach Bob Widlowski said. "It is never easy against Schaumburg, especially here."
Both teams found their offense in the second half, combining for more points in the third quarter than they had in the first half as Fremd led 25-21.
Schaumburg (5-5, 1-2) had closed to 17-16 midway through the third quarter thanks to the play of Josh Rahn (12 points) and Johnnie Flynn (7 points). But Schaumburg missed three consecutive 3-point shots and Fremd responded by running off 6 unanswered points to stay in control.
"I thought we took some quick shots," Schaumburg coach Matt Walsh said. "They were able to run out and extend their lead."
Fremd was able to increase its advantage to 33-25 with 3:28 to play on a layup by Matt Ochoa (6 points) on a perfect feed from Glassmann.
Schaumburg countered with a 3 from Rahn and a basket by Woodard as the Vikings closed to 33-30 with 1:30 to play.
The Saxons then had a chance to cut the lead to 1, but Fremd's Thomas Cordell blocked Woodard's short jumper. Jalon Roundy, who hit the Vikings only 3-pointer, rebounded the ball and was fouled. His 2 free throws gave the Vikes a 35-30 lead with just under a minute to play.
"I come in to give (Garrett) Groot a breather," said Roundy, who came off the bench to score 7 points. "I just try to do what I can."
Again Rahn buried a 3, this one with 41.7 seconds left, to make its 35-33. But Fremd made sure that Glassmann got the ball, and he nailed 4 of 6 free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.
"We just stayed focused in the second half," Glassmann said. "We ran our stuff and were able to get some points."
Fremd's Ben Carlson, who was averaging 13 points, was limited due to foul trouble, scoring just 4 points.
"I thought we had guys step up real well tonight with Ben in foul trouble," Widlowski said. "We want to keep doing our thing to get better."
Walsh liked the way is Schaumburg team battled against Fremd.
"I thought we had great effort tonight," Walsh said. "I thought both teams played extremely hard. It is no surprise. Another MSL West battle."