Steinhaus leads Libertyville past Lake Forest
Josh Steinhaus scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, leading Libertyville to a 61-45 win over visiting Lake Forest in North Suburban Conference boys basketball action on Saturday night.
Brian Wilterdink and Jackson Watson added 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Wildcats (9-8, 3-3), who won for the fifth time in their last six games.
Crawford Bolton scored 20 points to pace Lake Forest (7-11, 3-3). Jake Fisher had 10 for the Scouts.
"We started the game with more energy tonight, which is something we have struggled to do the past few games," Libertyville coach Brian Zyrkowski said. "Defensively, I thought we played more with an edge, which allowed us to keep the lead the entire game. Lake Forest did a nice job limiting Steinhaus in the first half and made a big run."
With Fisher out with foul trouble, Lake Forest still managed to get within one with 1:30 left in the third quarter. But Steinhaus heated up for the Wildcats, burying four 3-pointers in the second half.
"The extra efforts by Brian Wilterdink and Patrick Graham were the difference-makers defensively for us," Zyrkowski said. "They forced a few turnovers, which got us going in the fourth quarter where we extended the lead. Bolton did a nice job inside tonight. He was very patient and positioned well. Lake Forest is always a tough team to play because they run their stuff extremely well and are an excellent defensive team.
"I was happy to see our guys respond to some adversity when Lake Forest came back. We picked it up defensively and executed offensively very well."
Libertyville's next game is against Metea Valley at 5:45 p.m. Monday at Geneva's MLK Shootout.
Warren 70, Plainfield South 56: At Wheaton Warrenville South, Seamus Mellican scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures, as the Blue Devils wrapped up their day in the MLK tournament with a victory.
Warren (9-9) also received 16 points from Hunter Subry, 11 from Tavion McCarthy and 10 from Juan DelaCruz.
Lake Park 41, Warren 38: At Wheaton Warrenville South, the Blue Devils dropped their opening game and first of two on the day in the MLK tournament.
Juan DelaCruz and Tavion McCarthy had 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Warren (8-9).
Glenbrook South 67, Lake Zurich 55: At Lake Zurich, Will King and Zach Carr led the Titans with 15 points apiece in the MLK Classic semifinal.
Lake Zurich (5-15) was led by Will Tucker 17. Austin LePage had 14 and Matt McGraw added 12 coming off the bench. The Bears will play Palatine at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
Deerfield 59, Wauconda 42: At Deerfield, the Bulldogs lost their second game of the day in the MLK tournament, despite Benji Chung's 15 points, including three 3-pointers.
Wauconda (9-10) trailed 20-7 after one quarter, 33-23 at halftime and 46-29 after three.
Niles North 71, Wauconda 57: At Deerfield, the Bulldogs started the MLK tournament with an afternoon loss.
Nick Rinchiuso led Wauconda with 17 points. Donovan Carter had 11, including two 3-pointers.