No letdown for Stevenson in win over Prospect

 
By Dick Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 2/15/2020 9:54 PM

Stevenson's boys basketball team showed no letdown Saturday at the 2020 Camp Horseshoe Shootout at Lake Park in Roselle.

Stevenson, which had an emotional win over conference-rival Mundelein on Friday, jumped out to an early lead and then turned on the jets in a 60-40 win over Prospect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"It's not easy," Stevenson coach Pat Ambrose said. "Especially in an afternoon game on the road against an opponent we don't normally see. We did a nice job. We didn't box out well enough, but we played well. It's February and this is the time to play well."

Stevenson (21-4), which could earn the top seed in the Prospect sectional, got off to a fast start thanks to the play of John Ittounas. The senior scored 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter as the Patriots jumped out to 19-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

"It was tough playing a good conference opponent like Mundelein and then coming back the next day," Ittounas said. "But they had a tough game last night as well. We came in mentally focused and prepared. We just kept going."

Prospect (12-14), which suffered a tough loss to Buffalo Grove on Friday, stayed close. The Knights got it to 37-29 with 2:58 when Stevenson exploded.

Robert Holmes, who finished with 11 points, had a huge dunk and Ittounas followed with a coast-to-coast driving layup to spark a 13-2 run to put the game away.

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"Our kids always will fight," Prospect coach John Camardella said. "We were outmatched at quite a few positions. But we continued to work."

Matt Ambrose had a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 13 points for the Patriots. Matthew Kaznikov had 9 points and Evan Ambrose had a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 6 points.

Prospect was led by Matt Woloch, who had 10 points, Owen Schneider, who had 9 points and Brian Dini and Chase Larsen, who each had 7 points.

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