Frericks, Cary-Grove dump Schaumburg
Beau knows 3s.
Cary-Grove's Beau Frericks knocked down five 3-pointers and had a key 3-point play as Cary-Grove held of Schaumburg 61-50 Tuesday in a nonconference boys basketball game in Cary.
With the victory, Cary-Grove (26-3) tied a school record for victories.
"We wanted this one," Cary-Grove coach Adam McCloud said. "We matched the school record tonight. There is just big things for this team and they are not satisfied. We are trying to win a conference next."
The game featured a huge matchup between a pair of Division-I recruits. Cary's 6-foot-8 Frank Jakubicek, who is signed to play at Belmont, and Schaumburg's 6-8 Wisconsin-commit Chris Hodges battled each other all evening.
Jakubicek finished with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks while Hodges had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 blocks. But it was Frericks' hot shooting that stole the spotlight.
"It was a fun game," said Frericks, who finished with 24 points. "We always love playing solid teams. I was taking what they gave me. Earlier they were going on their ball screens. My teammates found me and I was able to knock them down."
Frericks knocked down a trio of treys in the first quarter as the Trojans took a 14-11 advantage.
Schaumburg (23-6) began to go to Hodges down low on the block. When he was covered AJ Prowell, who had a career-high 11 points, stepped up for a pair of key baskets as the Saxons cut the lead to 19-17.
Cary's Clark Cunningham stepped up with a trio of baskets as the Trojans were able to get to a 25-20 halftime lead.
"They were denying Beau and doubling down at times on Frank," said Cunningham, who finished with 13 points. "So I was looking to attack the basket."
Cary was able to keep that lead when Schaumburg made a run early in the fourth quarter.
Schaumburg was able to pull to within 38-36 and was at the free-throw line with a chance to tie. The Saxons missed both free throws and Frericks took over. The senior drove to the basket, scored, was fouled and then made the free throw as his team opened up a 41-36 lead with 5:38 to play.
"Beau just puts us over the top," McCloud said. "And to have a guy who can score like that and his teammates are deferring to him because they know what he brings to the table."
Frericks' 3-point play sparked a 7-0 Trojan run as Cary would go on to outscore Schaumburg 13-3 in the next three minutes to open up a 51-39 lead with 2:57 to play.
Schaumburg rallied again to get to within 53-48 with 1:21 left. Cary then hit 8 consecutive free throws to put the game away.
"We had it down to 38-36 and momentum going our way," said Schaumburg coach Wade Heisler, whose team meets Palatine for the Mid-Suburban West title on Friday. "Then we had a five-point swing. From there we never got any traction."