Sammons comes up big for Fremd again

By Greg Swiderski
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 1/15/2022 8:33 PM

Fremd's boys basketball team received another shot in the arm from junior forward Ryan Sammons Saturday afternoon at the Lakes MLK tournament.

Sammons hit for 6 3-pointers and scored 23 points in the Vikings' 55-34 win over Highland Park in the semifinals.


Fremd (12-5) faces Naperville Central (13-4) Monday at 2:30 p.m. for the championship.

"Sammons had a big weekend for us with back-to-back games," said Fremd coach Bob Widlowski. "We had a lot of contributions. Caiden Suchy was a monster on the boards with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Our rebounding was very good. We were able to limit Highland Park on any second-chance shots."

Fremd held a commanding 30-15 rebounding edge.

Sammons credits his offseason work in helping make him a big producer for the Vikings.

"I think I have really stepped up my game the last three weeks," said Sammons, who also had 6 rebounds. "All the extra offseason work has been paying off. Our guards have looked for me because I've been able to hit the 3-point shots. I've been having a knack of finding open spots on the floor."

Senior guard Eli Schoffstall also played a key role in the win over the Giants (6-10), despite only scoring 3 points.

"Eli is an athlete and he was able to do a lot of different things for us on the floor today," said Widlowski. "You don't have to score to contribute."

Schoffstall helped disrupt Highland Park's offense with 5 steals and knocked numerous passes out of bounds. On offense Schoffstall contributed 5 assists.

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"I just try to help my team as best I can," said Schoffstall. "I try to split gaps when I drive to the basket. That can open things up for the others. Everyone is playing well together and we have a lot of confidence."

After a slow start, Fremd and Highland Park were tied at 12 after the first quarter.

Trailing 16-13 with 7:30 left in the first half the Vikings, led by Sammons' 6 points and 4r from Mark Braun, led 25-18 at halftime.

With a 30-22 lead with 5:25 left in the third quarter, Fremd finished the frame with an 11-1 lead. Five different Vikings contributed. Fremd led 43-23 after the quarter.

Chris Smyros scored 8 points and Cameron Kuhl scored 6 points for Fremd. Both players had 6 rebounds.

"Give credit to Fremd," said Highland Park coach Ross Deutsch. "They are so sound on defense. They just contest everything. They always seem to be in the right spot."

I was pleased with our second-half defense," said Widlowski. "We did a nice job defending Sam Rohn."

Rohn finished with 7 points and Evan Bloom led the Giants with 9 points and 6 rebounds.

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