Craft's 32 points leads Buffalo Grove over Prospect
Buffalo Grove's boys basketball team had a solid response Saturday in Mount Prospect.
The Bison, who suffered a tough loss Friday to Hersey, came back with a full team effort to roll past Prospect 68-41 in the Mid-Suburban East. It was the second win this week for the Bison over Prospect, a team that eliminated Buffalo Grove from the state playoffs a year ago.
"I loved the way that everybody responded from the beginning," Buffalo Grove coach Keith Peterson said. "Kam (Craft) did a good job of getting to the basket. Give credit to our seniors. I challenged them last night."
On Friday, Craft scored 27 points, but the remainder of the Buffalo Grove team struggled to put the ball in the hoop. On Saturday, Craft had another huge night, scoring 32 points. But it was the rest of the team that stepped up around him.
Craft scored just 2 points in the first quarter on 1-of-5 shooting. That should have spelled doom for the Bison (8-5, 5-4).
Instead, Will Genthner (11 points), Steph Harris (6 points), Kyle Brosnahan (9 points) and Adidas Davis (7 points) filled the scoring void as Buffalo Grove led 13-10 after the first quarter.
"We wanted to get the ball to Kam," Genthner said. "He was the first option. That created shots for us and we were able to score."
With Prospect forced to look at Buffalo Grove's other options, it was Craft time. And when Craft heats up it is like taking a match to paper.
The junior began to find his range, converting 11 of his next 15 shots, including six 3-pointers.
"We played a lot better as a team," Craft said. "We got a big lead and then held it the rest of the way. I am proud of the way we played. My teammates did a good job of getting me open and I was able to knock down some shots."
Buffalo Grove rattled off 9 consecutive points to open up the second quarter, which led to a 30-21 advantage at the half. The Bison then went on a 15-6 run to open the second half, with Craft knocking down shots from all over the court.
"They were running multiple guys at him and just handled the ball smoothly," Peterson said. "He makes my job a whole lot easier. Prospect (4-7, 3-5), which lost in the closing seconds Friday to Rolling Meadows, was led by Chase Larsen, who had 14 points and Owen Schneider, who had 13 points.
"I thought BG's other players really stepped up tonight," Prospect coach John Camardella said. "It was a complete team effort by them. They were playing at an elite level and we were a step slow."