A resounding win on Senior Day for Mundelein
After defeating visiting Lake Forest Friday night, it was a quick turnaround for host Mundelein in North Suburban Conference boys basketball action against Waukegan early Saturday afternoon.
The Mustangs struggled a bit to get going offensively early on against the short-handed Bulldogs. But a couple of huge unanswered scoring runs staked Mundelein to a commanding 36-13 halftime lead over Waukegan.
From there, the Mustangs (10-1) really got rolling as a 33-point run turned the contest into a complete blowout with Mundelein holding its biggest lead at 55-13 midway through the third quarter.
The entire fourth quarter was played with a running clock as the Mustangs wound up posting a lopsided 73-34 victory over Waukegan (1-4).
Saturday was an extra-special day as it was Senior Day for Mundelein, which will have 10 seniors graduating from this powerful 2021 squad.
Senior Jack Bikus (16 points, 10 rebounds) was one of many seniors to have huge games for the Mustangs against the Bulldogs as his inside hoop gave Mundelein an 18-5 lead to close out the first quarter.
Mundelein 6-foot-9 senior center Scottie Ebube scored 7 points in the opening quarter, but he sat out the entire second quarter after picking up two early fouls. Ebube finished with 16 points, including 3 dunks.
But even with Ebube on the bench, teamwork was king for the Mustangs Saturday as senior guard Conor Enright wound up with 11 assists, 7 rebounds, and 6 points to really set the tone for Mundelein's explosive offense. Senior guard Trey Baker also hit double figures with 12 points.
"I thought we played pretty well after a good game last night," said Enright, who has been very impressed by Ebube's dunking abilities this season. "Scottie is a big presence and his dunking has been better than I've ever seen,- he's taken it to another level."
Mundelein took a 68-26 lead into the fourth quarter while the Mustangs played every single player on their roster with a running clock for the entire fourth quarter.
Senior Amari Leflore led Waukegan with 12 points while sophomore teammate Davyon Powell had 9 points. The Bulldogs only dressed eight players for the game, including three sophomores.
"It was a good comeback today after a hard-battled game last night, and we did a lot of good things," said Mundelein coach Matt Badgley. "We really shared the basketball, we looked to get a lot of guys involved, and a lot of different guys played."