Georgakas' career night helps Prospect turn away Buffalo Grove
Prospect junior Alex Georgakas knew after his first shot of the night, it would be a night to remember.
"I felt real good when I took that first one," said Georgakas. "It was a great job by teammates getting me the ball. I was hot and they fed me."
And Georgakas was sizzling. He finished with a career-high 24 points including 5 3-pointers to go with 3 assists as the host Knights turned away Buffalo Grove 70-47.
The win kept Prospect (9-7, 4-0) tied atop the Mid-Suburban East boys basketball standings with Rolling Meadows. The two meet next Friday.
"Alex has got that potential to play games like this," said Prospect coach Brad Rathe. "We met with Alex this week and we discussed with him areas of his game in which he could improve. You give him some space on the floor and he's really a good shooter."
After leading 12-6 at the end of the first quarter and 17-9 with 5:48 left in the first half, Buffalo Grove (8-8, 2-2) made a nice run at the Knights.
A 12-4 spurt by the Bison tied the game at 21 with 2:24 following Josh Grote's 3-pointer.
Prospect bounced back to finish the half with a 10-0 run to lead 31-21. Georgakas led the attack with a 3-point play followed by a 3-pointer. Charlie Carroll scored on an assist from Georgakas and Owen Schneider (15 points, 7 rebounds) scored following a steal by Patrick Freeman,
"From 21-21 to 31-21, that was big," said Rathe. "We've given up runs like that to other teams, so it was nice to get one."
"That 10-point run to end the first half was huge," said Georgakas. "And we were able to keep Adidas Davis from scoring in the first half.
Davis was held to 5 points by Freeman, whom, Georgakas and Rathe praised for his effort.
Georgakas scored 11 third quarter-points to help build the Knights' lead to 54-31.
"Prospect did a great job being physical with us," said Buffalo Grove coach Keith Peterson. "We made some good shots to tie the game but when the shots stopped falling their physicalness took over."
"Our defense was locked in from the start," said Schneider. "We emphasized that in practice this week and we got the job done. One of our main focuses tonight was to stop Davis."
Jacob Heinrich and Josh Grote each had 7 points for the Bison.
David Marshall had 5 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Freeman also scored 5 points for the Knights, who dished out 16 assists and outrebounded the Bison 22-14.