Benett Haviland was called on to play a defensive role for Lakes in the second half against Wauconda on Friday night.
His assignment was to guard sharpshooting Dion Head of the Bulldogs.
Haviland handled the test, holding Head to one three-point basket, as Lakes pulled out a 59-42 win.
“I thought I did all right,” Haviland said. “He really wasn’t in a good rhythm. But it really wasn’t me. I have to attribute (the defense) to my teammates that helped out. I just tried to stay with him.”
Haviland also contributed offensively for the Eagles, scoring 14 points. Lakes’ Jake Balliu had a game-high 15 and 4 steals, and Tramone Hudson added 13 points and 5 steals.
Lakes (12-13, 8-3) clinched a tie for second place in the North Suburban Prairie Division. The Eagles visit Antioch in their divisional finale next Friday.
“It’s a good win,” Lakes coach Chris Snyder said. “This group has shown the resiliency to keep battling and to not make excuses. They just keep showing a lot out there. It was a tough game by our guys, They played all four quarters. ... We have a team that definitely likes to play defense.”
Wauconda (13-11, 5-5) stayed with the visitors until late in the opening half. The Eagles were up 21-20 when Hudson scored on a putback with 1:32 left. Haviland followed with a steal and layup in the final five seconds that made the score 25-20 at the break.
In the third quarter, Balliu scored 6 points during a 9-4 run that bumped the Eagles’ lead to 33-24 with 4:38 left.
“We got out and got going with some steals and some tips,” Balliu said. “We were able to get some layups. We just hit some shots and just finished.”
Lakes held a 40-33 lead by the end of the third quarter. Then in the fourth, Hudson capped an 18-6 run with a layup for a 58-39 lead with 2:30 remaining.
Ben Carlson led Wauconda with a game-high 15 points, 12 in the second half, and 6 rebounds. Head finished with 14 points.
“There were cases where (Lakes) turned the ball over, but we just couldn’t turn it into something for us,” Wauconda coach Scott Luetschwager said. “We did a few good things early, but we just couldn’t capitalize later on. (Lakes) has a good defensive team and took us out of what we were trying to do to get good shots. We had a hard time running our offense.”