Lake Zurich makes Pekin title game
Lake Zurich's boys basketball team continues to live up to its top seed in the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament.
Mike Travlos poured in 25 points, as the Bears defeated No. 4 Pekin 62-42 Tuesday night to advance to the championship game on New Year's Eve.
Lake Zurich (10-2, 3-0 tourney) will play Plainfield East, 58-56 upset winner of No. 3 Evanston, at 6:30 p.m. today.
Travlos shot 10 of 17 from the floor, including 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. Bears point guard Nick Penny added 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Jack O'Neill and Will McClaughry chipped in 9 and 8 points, respectively, for Lake Zurich. O'Neill also grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.
Lake Zurich jumped out to 23-9 lead after one quarter. The Bears saw their lead trimmed to 33-22 by halftime and 45-38 after three, before outscoring the Dragons 17-4 in the fourth.
Lake Zurich 73, Lanphier 60: At Pekin, in their first of two games on the day, the top-seeded Bears opened up a 19-13 lead after one quarter.
Mike Travlos led Lake Zurich (9-2, 2-0 tournament) with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Nick Penny added 17 points and 5 assists, Will McClaughry also scored 17 points, and Jack O'Neill contributed 11 points, which included three 3-pointers. Penny sank a pair of 3s.
Bloomington 46, Warren 40: At Pontiac, the Blue Devils dropped their second game in as many days.
Jake Falish and Maurice Chambers scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Warren (4-8, 0-2 tournament), which jumped out to a 13-9 lead after one quarter.
The Blue Devils trailed 20-19 at halftime, before pulling even at 30-30 by the end of the third quarter.