Kriese hits for 30 as Antioch handles Round Lake
Wisconsin Lutheran recruit Kobe Kriese scored 13 of his 30 points in the third quarter that helped lift Antioch past host Round Lake 55-45 in a nonconference boys basketball game at Round Lake Middle School on Thursday night.
Kriese is no stranger to the 30-point plateau this season. It was the third time he's gone 30-plus with his high-water mark at 35 points. This was also the third straight victory for the Sequoits (3-6).
"It definitely feels good and feels better to win," Kriese said. "Earlier, I hit 30 and we lost and it didn't mean much to me. But, we beat a pretty good basketball that's at the top of the conference (NLCC). It was a good win and a lot of the guys stepped up."
Being a leader of the team other players look up to and work with Kriese gives energy to the rest of the team.
"It did get us going," Kriese said. "Our bench was in the game the entire game and got the other guys going. If they can feed off me, then I know we will have a good game."
Antioch has been in a lot of games this season with a number of games that came down to the final seconds. This one was a better outcome due to a good second half.
"We've been close in almost all of our games," Antioch coach Tim Bowen said. "These kids are getting better. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. You just want to get better and get the most out of it as you can."
Jared Wolf added 11 points for the Sequoits.
Round Lake (5-2) just has one game remaining to play in the NLCC against Grayslake Central and is in the running for the conference title with North Chicago, Wauconda and Grayslake Central.
"This is a very competitive league and everyone has been through this COVID type of year," Round Lake coach Jay Iden said. "It's everybody embrace adversity and run through. Coach Bowen always has his teams ready to play hard. We still have a lot of work to do until Tuesday to repeat a championship."
Cristian Castro led the Panthers with 16 points off the bench and Hakim Williams added 9 on Senior Night.