2017-'18 Season Coverage
updated: 1/16/2017 11:42 PM

Thomas, Grayslake North win at Washington

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Jamal Thomas scored 21 points, and Grayslake North's boys basketball team wrapped up Washington's MLK tournament with a 61-56 win over Mahomet-Seymour on Monday.

James Connolly and Ryan Connolly each added 15 points for the Knights (12-4), and Jon Smithson contributed 10.

Carmel 57, Mundelein 42: At Lake Zurich, the Corsairs won their fourth game in a row, ending the MLK tournament with their second win of the day.

Johnny Roeser scored 20 points and was named to the all-tournament team for Carmel. Roeser led the MLK Classic with 92 points in five games.

Lake Zurich 79, Vernon Hills 44: Michael Bens scored 22 points, Ryan Kutsor added 18, and the Bears cruised in the day's first game at Lake Zurich as part of the MLK tournament.

Lake Zurich also got a 46-35 win over Richmond-Burton.

Warren 62, Homewood-Flossmoor 45: At Wheaton Warrenville South, the Blue Devils wrapped up a 3-1 showing in the MLK tournament, as Declan O'Connor scored 22 points.

Branden Ellis added 12, including two 3-pointers, for Warren. Jayson Dorsey had 8 points in the win.

Bloomington 68, Warren 63: At Wheaton Warrenville South, the Blue Devils got a big fourth-quarter boost from Jayson Dorsey, who scored 11 of his game-high 21 points in the final period. But it wasn't enough to catch Bloomington, which held Warren to 10 points in the first quarter.

Branden Ellis had 19 points for the Blue Devils.

Geneva 79, Addison Trail 51: Cole Navigato and his basketball brethren performed like a tightly knit unit on Monday.

Cole finished with 22 points. One of his triplet brothers, Dom, had 19 points, which including five 3s. The other triplet, Devin, went scoreless but got playing time in the fourth quarter.

Jack McDonald (16 points) and Matt Johnson (10) had key contributions as well, as Geneva's boys basketball team stayed unbeaten by rolling past Addison Trail 79-51 on Monday to claim the championship of Lake Zurich's Martin Luther King, Jr., tournament.

"We do know our strengths and weaknesses," said Cole Navigato of his on-court connection with Dom. "He knows that he can shoot the 3s, and he can assist by getting the ball to me inside.

"Our team is relentless and never gives up. We know that we can beat every team that we play, and we play unselfishly. We look for the open person, and no one really cares who scores."

The Vikings got their 20th win of the season without a loss. The tournament title is their third of the season, following triumphs at Crystal Lake Central and DeKalb.

"You don't have seasons like this very often," Geneva coach Phil Ralston said. "To be one of the first teams to 20 wins in the state is a nice accomplishment. But were looking forward. Big things for us are winning conference, regional -- and going further. We have bigger things that were going after. We take things one game at a time. It's the beauty of these kids they don't look too far ahead."

On Monday, Geneva stayed in control most of the game, jumping ahead 19-13 lead after the first quarter and leading 35-27 at the half.

Addison Trail (11-7, 4-1) tried to chip away against Geneva (20-0, 5-0) and cut the lead to 48-42 on a Colton Noel's short jumper with 2:05 left in the third quarter.

-- Rusty Silber

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