Kutsor, Lake Zurich rally to win Pekin consolation crown

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Updated 12/29/2016 10:18 PM

The red-hot three-point shooting of Ryan Kutsor carried Lake Zurich's boys basketball team to a consolation championship at Pekin.

Kutsor scored 25 points, sinking 6 of 8 shots from three-point range, as the Bears rallied to beat Champaign Centennial 53-48 Thursday afternoon to capture the consolation championship of the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament.


Lake Zurich (8-3) won its last three games in the tournament. The Bears trailed 36-27 after three quarter but outscored Centennial 26-12 in the fourth. Michael Bens added 10 points for Lake Zurich, Peter DiCerbo had 9 points and 5 rebounds, and Brian Chmiel contributed 6 points and 2 assists.

Kutsor scored 20 or more points in each of the Bears' four games, averaging 22.5 ppg. He shot a blistering 61 percent (19 of 31) on three-point shots.

Stevenson 57, St. Viator 22: Justin Smith had 26 points and 9 rebounds, and the Patriots secured their spot in the consolation championship game of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic with a convincing win.

Stevenson (9-2) led from wire-to-wire, scoring the game's first 20 points and never looking back. The Patriots outscored the Lions 15-0 in the first quarter and scored the first five points of the second quarter before St. Viator (4-8) got on the scoreboard. The Lions missed their first 14 shots from the floor and trailed 25-9 at the half.

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Stevenson continued to pull away in the second half, outscoring St. Viator 17-4 in the third quarter. Leading by 16 with 3:49 left in the quarter, the Patriots scored the next 13 points to lead 42-13 after three. The Patriots continued to cruise in the fourth, leading by as many as 39 points before coasting to the 35-point victory.

Stevenson shot 57.9 percent (22-of-38) from the floor and outscored St. Viator 30-14 in the paint. Smith led the attack, pouring in his game-high 26 points in just 22 minutes of action. Willie Herenton added 8 points for the Patriots.

St. Viator shot just 25.0 percent (10-of-40) from the floor and did not have a 3-pointer (0-for-11) in the contest. Addison Lubert came off the bench to total a team-leading 7 points and 7 rebounds for the Lions.

Stevenson will face St. Charles East in the consolation championship game at 3:45 p.m. Friday. St. Viator will clash with Maine South at 12:30 p.m. Friday.


Carmel 67, Spring Lake Park 65: At Tartan in Oakdale, Minn., the Corsairs wrapped up the tournament with a win, as Johnny Roeser scored 25 points.

Roeser was named to the all-tourney team. Dominic Speights added 11 points for Carmel, while John Barr and Brian Julien each had 8.

Grayslake Central 47, Hampshire 29: At DeKalb, the Rams picked up their first win in the Chuck Dayton Holiday Classic.

Billy Drevline scored 12 points (two 3-pointers) and Tony Crews added 11 for Grayslake Central (5-7, 1-2 tourney)), which led only 28-25 after three. The Rams outscored the Whip-Purs 19-4 in the fourth. Ryan Spicer grabbed 13 rebounds in the win.

The Rams play Eisenhower at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the fifth-place consolation game.

Eisenhower 64, Mundelein 51: At DeKalb, James Willman poured in 22 points, but the Mustangs fell to 0-3 in the Chuck Dayton Holiday Classic.

Willman shot 8 of 12 from the floor, including 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed 7 rebounds. Nick Parmley had 9 points for Mundelein (2-10), which plays Hampshire at 9 a.m. Friday in the seventh-place consolation game.

Perspectives Charter 62, Vernon Hills 60: At Wheeling, the Cougars let a 44-39 lead after three quarters slip away.

Stephon Jones rallied Perspectives Charter, scoring 19 of his 22 points in the second half. He was 6 of 9 from three-point range.

Vernon Hills' Jack Forester scored 19 points, going 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. The Cougars were up 16-13 after one quarter and 27-23 at halftime. Derrick Jones had 13 points and 9 rebounds for Vernon Hills, and Chris Mariella finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds.

Vernon Hills takes on Clemente at 9 a.m. Friday in its tournament finale.

Lockport 55, Warren 35: At Pontiac, the Blue Devils lost for the second day in a row.

Warren (3-7) finished 0-2 in the tournament.

Washington 57, Hersey 47: The Huskies came up with 20 points of their final tournament game at Pekin but it wasn't quite enough to catch Washington, which had outscored Hersey in each of the first three quarters.

Joe Coffaro had 12 points, including a pair of 3s, to lead Hersey (6-8). Chris O'Toole finished with 9 points and Grant Wagner 8.

Lake Zurich 52, Richwoods 49: At Pekin Wednesday night, Ryan Kutsor scored a game-high 23 points and the Bears rallied from being down 38-35 after three quarters.

Michael Bens and Peter DiCerbo added 12 and 11 points, respectively, and Chris Trybula contributed 10 rebounds and 6 points for Lake Zurich. Kutsor made four 3-pointes, and Bens hit two.

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