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Stevenson rolls into Proviso West semis
Daily Herald report

Stevenson's boys basketball team is headed back to the semifinals of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament for the second year in a row after defeating Morton 75-62 Saturday.

Patriots point guard Jalen Brunson pumped in a game-high 23 points, shooting 7 of 14 from the floor and 7 of 10 from the foul line.

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Stevenson (11-0, 3-0 tourney) jumped out to a 13-6 lead and led by five after the first quarter. The Patriots extended their advantage to 36-21 by halftime.

After trailing by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, Morton (7-2) slowly trimmed its deficit and got within 11 at the end of the third quarter. The Mustangs got as close as seven points on three occasions in the fourth quarter, but Stevenson answered each time, finally closing the game on a 13-7 run.

Led by Brunson, Stevenson placed four players in double figures. Connor Cashaw added 18 points and 3 assists, while Matt Johnson scored 14 points. Matt Morrissey added 12 points and a team-high 7 rebounds.

The Patriots shot 49 percent (29 of 59) from the floor, including 33 percent (5 of 15) from beyond the arc. Stevenson outscored Morton 40-24 in the paint. The Patriots also made the most of Morton mistakes, scoring 23 points off 13 Morton turnovers.

Weisner Perez led the Mustangs with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Greg Carter added 15 points, Jarvis Cannon had 12 and Antario Simon chipped in 10.

Stevenson will face the winner of St. Joseph/Proviso East in Monday's first semifinal at 6:30 p.m.

Stevenson lost to Morgan Park in the tournament semifinals last year.

Libertyville 58, Nazareth 57: At Proviso West, the Wildcats earned a spot in the consolation semifinals, as Jack Lipp and Joe Borcia each had double-doubles.

Lipp finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Borcia totaled 14 points and a game-high 13 boards in helping Libertyville (7-4, 2-1 tourney) win its second game in a row. Lipp also dished out 4 assists.

Nazareth (7-5) led 20-17 after the first quarter and 30-27 at the half, but Libertyville closed the third quarter on a 4-0 run to pull within 41-40.

The Wildcats then went on top at the start of the fourth quarter on a Lipp bucket and quickly extended their lead to five. Nazareth closed within a point with 25 seconds left after Christopher Swade knocked down a 3-pointer. Conor Peterson put Libertyville back up by three by hitting a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left.

After a missed free throw by Nazareth, Lipp split a pair of free throws, giving Libertyville a 58-54 lead with four seconds left. Michael Brooks knocked down a 3 just before the buzzer.

Kevin Connelly led the Roadrunners with 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Brooks finished with 20 points.

Libertyville will face St. Charles East in the consolation semifinals at 11 a.m. Monday.

Richmond-Burton 68, Grant 65: At Marengo, the Bulldogs dropped the championship game of the E.C. Nichols Tournament.

Matt Malmberg scored 25 points for Grant (7-4, 3-2 tourney), which led 52-50 after three quarters. Steve Dunning had 14 points for the Bulldogs.

Sycamore 55, Wauconda 44: In their finale at Marengo, the Bulldogs were led by Ricky Sidlowski's 10 points and Dion Head's 9 points and 4 steals. Ben Carlson had 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Wauconda (10-4, 3-2) also got 8 points apiece from Joey Lovelle (6 steals) and Dylan Latiolais (two 3-pointers).

Washington 50, Lake Zurich 43: At Pekin, the Bears scored only 18 points through the first three quarters and dropped the first-place consolation game.

Brad Kruse scored 12 points and was the only player in double figures for Lake Zurich (8-6, 2-2 tourney). Mike Travlos finished with 9 points for Lake Zurich, which fell behind 38-18 early in the fourth quarter.

Springfield 41, Grayslake Central 33: At Normal West, the Rams dropped their finale in the State Farm Holiday Classic.

Alex Lennartz and Jack Beckman each had 8 points for Grayslake Central (5-7), which went 0-4 in the tournament. The Rams led 26-23 after three quarters but got outscored 18-7 in the fourth in dropping their fifth straight game.

Deerfield 65, Vernon Hills 57: At Wheeling, the Warriors had four players score in double figures to help offset another fine scoring effort from Cougars junior guard Robby Nardini, who finished with a game-high 23 points on 8-for-17 shooting (with a pair of 3s) and 5-for-6 at the foul line in the Hardwood Classic.

Bo Manso contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds for Vernon Hills (10-4), which finished 2-2 in the tournament.

Deerfield got 18 points and 11 rebounds from junior forward Jack Lieb, along with 14 points from Michael Alfieri and 10 each from Eric Porter and Jack Gurvey.

Warren 60, Bloom 54: At Pontiac, Eric Gillespie sparked the Blue Devils, who won for the second time in as many games Saturday, rallying from a 41-38 deficit after three quarters.

Warren (7-6, 3-1 tourney) received 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists from Gillespie, who hit four 3-pointers and went 12 of 13 from the stripe. Adrian Deere added 11 points for the Blue Devils.

Warren 56, Peoria Manual 46: In its first of two games Saturday, the Blue Devils got 23 points and 4 assists from Eric Gillespie.

Warren also got double-digit points from Greg Swain (14) and Adrian Deere (12), who added 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Gillespie shot 9 of 16 from the floor with a pair of 3-pointers.

Crystal Lake South 72, Lakes 59: At Jacobs, Jacob Balliu scored 22 points, including four 3-pointers, in the Eagles' tournament finale.

Lakes (4-9, 2-3 tourney) also received 10 points apiece from Ethan Sage and Tramone Hudson. Balliu sank three 3s and scored 11 points in the second quarter in helping the Eagles get within 36-34 by halftime. They trailed 56-51 after three before getting outscored 16-8 in the fourth.

Austin Rogers scored 25 points for Crystal Lake South.

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