There is a reason Jacobs senior center Cam Krutwig has earned a Division I scholarship to Loyola of Chicago.
Krutwig played like a big-time Division I recruit with a 28-point, 22-rebound, 8-assist effort in propelling Jacobs' boys basketball team to a 68-56 win over Zion-Benton in the semifinals of the Hinkle Holiday Classic hosted by Jacobs Monday night in Algonquin.
Zion-Benton had defeated Jacobs in the semis the previous 2 years.
The Golden Eagles (12-0), the No. 1 team in the Daily Herald Top 20, will play Prairie Ridge, a 66-61 winner over Grant, for the tournament title Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles are vying for their first championship since 2008.
"I really wanted this one," said Krutwig. "I have been thinking about this game for the last couple days. We did a great job of running our stuff and the guys did a great job of getting me the ball. It was nice to beat them after some tough losses. We know PR will be tough. They play hard and it should be a great game."
Jacobs coach Jim Roberts knew Krutwig would have a great performance.
"The bigger the game the better the team the better Cameron plays," said Roberts. "He had an incredible game. Cam sent out a group text Christmas night that all he was thinking about was winning this game. We finally got over the hump and got to the championship game. Cam was a big reason why we are playing for the championship tomorrow night."
Jacobs, which connected on 27-of-47 shots for 57 percent, collected 20 assists in the game.
Ryan Phillips joined Krutwig in double digits with 15 points including 3 treys. Phillips, who was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, also dished out 4 assists. Cooper Schwartz added 10 points with a pair of 3s and 5 assists.
Jacobs, which led 33-25 at halftime, seized control in the third quarter.
Holding a 42-36 lead, the Golden Eagles tallied the final 8 points of the third quarter and entered the fourth with a 14-point cushion, 50-36.
Krutwig, who was 13-of-17 from the field, scored 4 points and Mason Materna and Nik Balkcom collected a basket each during Jacobs' pivotal run.
The Golden Eagles' biggest lead was 18, 60-42, with 4:04 left on a resounding dunk from Krutwig.
Jaalen Ray paced the Zee-Bees with 20 while Rod Henry-Hayes scored 19.
"We played good defense overall." said Roberts. "They have good shooters who are going to make tough contested shots. We made them earn everything they got."