Carter, Wauconda down Antioch
Donovan Carter recently broke the 56-year old Wauconda boys basketball scoring record on the road. He came back home to get recognized by the home crowd on Friday night.
The senior responded to the sizable crowd on hand with a game-high 25 points and had 17 of those in the second half. Benji Chung added 13, Nick Bulgarelli and Garrison Carter each added 10 apiece as Wauconda rebounded from a midweek loss and got past visiting Antioch 67-55 in a Northern Lake County Conference game.
Antioch was without one of its starters, Gavin Eldridge, who was on a college visit.
"I'm completely honored to be in this situation and pleased to be around the people that I'm around," Carter said. "There's a lot of hard work that goes into this and to finally get in front of a home crowd, it's a moment of a lifetime."
The Bulldogs recovered from a tough loss to Round Lake earlier in the week and raised their record to 14-6 and 5-2 in the NLCC, while Antioch drops to 9-10 and 2-4.
"It's always a nice way to get a win," Wauconda coach Scott Luetschwager said. "That was a tough Antioch team and they threw everything they had at us. We just had to keep fighting to stay ahead of Antioch. Always nice to get a win over a conference opponent especially when the game before, you thought you should've had a 'W' and to lose. To come back with a win it's always good. Still, looking at things we can get better at, even though we won."
Wauconda jumped out to a sizable 22-8 lead in the opening quarter, but Antioch chipped back to trail 32-24 at the break.
The Sequoits stayed in range and were down 46-36 entering the fourth and cut the lead to 8 on a layup by Jared Wolf (16 points) with 7:45 left.
"There was a segment there that we had three possessions in a row, where we were down 8 and turned the ball over," Antioch coach Tim Bowen said. "During that time (Wauconda) didn't score. We had the opportunity to come down and cut it a little closer, maybe to 6 or to 4. Then, on the third time, (Wauconda) finally went up by 10 and then we got a turnover again. We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball in certain situations. We are young."
Wauconda took over from that point with an 11-0 run and bumped the margin to 57-38 and never looked back.
Kobe Kriese led Antioch with 22 points and dropped in five 3-pointers. As a team, the Sequoits had 12 3s on the night,