JR Cison scored a game-high 21 points and Kenny Haynes had 15 as Lake Zurich's boys basketball team rolled past Crystal Lake South 61-44 on Monday in first-round tournament play at Richmond-Burton.
The Bears were without starter Peter DiCerbo, out with hip flexor for this week. They led 40-20 at the half before the Gators made it much closer in the second half.
"We did a great job with our transition in the first half but give Crystal Lake South credit -- they did a good job taking us out of what we wanted to do in the second half," said Lake Zurich coach Billy Pitcher. "We struggled to stop their penetration and on the boards. JR Cison did a great job keeping his head up, breaking their press and finishing at the rim."
Antioch 72, Woodstock 60: At the Hoops for Healing Tournament at Woodstock, Dan Filippone led Antioch with 31 points, including three 3-pointers.
Marian Central 68, Round Lake 48: Also at the Hoops for Healing Tournament, Round Lake dropped its season opener to Marian Central.
Chris Pierre had 17 points for Round Lake.
North Lawndale 66, Grant 59: At the Grant Thanksgiving Tournament, host Grant let a lead at the start of the fourth quarter slip away.
Some clutch 3-point shooting allowed North Lawndale to take control and out-score Grant 20-10 in the final period.
Grant was up 49-46 at the end of the third quarter.
Mike Huff topped Grant with 17 points while Henry Kusiak added 14 points and Hunter Waszkowski added 13 points.
Carmel 65, Rockford Boylan 46: At Grant, Carmel was led by Evan Myers, who scored 18 points.
Johnny Roeser added 17 points and Zion Kilpatrick had 13 points.
Vernon Hills 56, Holy Trinity 31: At Northridge Prep, Joey Levitan led Vernon Hills with 14 points on four 3-pointers.
Richmond-Burton 68, Wauconda 55: Connor Brannick had 16 points and Matthew Nolan had 10 points for Wauconda.