Waukegan got a key 13-2 run when it needed one most.
Leading Prospect 42-40 to start the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs used that well-timed spurt to post a 61-52 win over the Knights in a Wheeling Hardwood Classic quarterfinal Wednesday.
"Basketball is a game of runs, and we got a key run to start the fourth quarter," said Waukegan standout Carson Newsome.
Newsome and Bryan Brown both led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Newsome added 7 rebounds and Brown 6.
"We also got some big plays at the end of the game when they made a run," said Newsome.
Waukegan (8-4) built a 55-42 lead following Brown's basket with 1:22 left in the game.
Frankie Mack (25 points, 5 rebounds) scored 7 points and Matt Szuba had a 3 to cut the lead to 57-52 with :17 left on a 10-2 run.
Waukegan held safe on 2 free throws by DeShawn Davidson and a slam dunk by Newsome with :02 left.
"It was just a great game," said Bulldogs coach Ron Ashley. "Two really good teams. This was a big win for us and I'm pleased with our effort. We knew we had to hold our own on the boards and get some second-chance opportunities."
Prospect coach John Camardella pointed out the differences in the loss that dropped the Knights to 8-4.
"They had 19 offensive rebounds of their 33," said Camardella. "When there was a loose ball they got it. We really felt that we were prepared for the game. We forced some shots and when we missed they got the rebound and were able to get transition baskets."
Jordan Brown added 12 points and Davidson 6.
Prospect started with a 7-0 run to start the game, but the Bulldogs finished the first quarter with a 16-8 spurt to gain a 16-15 lead.
Michael Ritchie (11 points) gave the Knights a 25-24 lead with 2:24 left in the first half. Waukegan finished the quarter with a 6-0 run to lead 30-25 at the break.
A 3 by Newsome with 1:38 left in the third quarter gave Waukegan the lead for good at 41-38.
"When we fell behind 7-0, coach called a time out," said Newsome. "In the past we might have folded early but we talked and said hold together and we got back in the game."
Matt Szuba scored 7 points and grabbed 12 of Prospects 33 rebounds. Grant Whitebloom had 5 points off the bench.
"Not getting the 50-50 balls was a key factor, along with their offensive rebounds," said Prospect guard David Swedura. "They out-hustled us for them. The coaches prepared us well, but we just didn't play like we should have. The little stuff mattered in this game. We know we're a good team and we'll learn from this."
Prospect will play Mid-Suburban East host Wildcats at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, while Waukegan meets Notre Dame at 8:45 p.m. in the championship semifinals.