Scouts Earn First Conference Victory With Road Win at Lake Zurich

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Bobby Winebrenner, Boys Basketball Beat Reporter

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. — A telling thing in sports is how a team reacts to a loss. And after getting blown out on Tuesday night, the Lake Forest Boys’ Basketball Team responded just the way one would hope for. The Scouts traveled to Lake Zurich on Friday night and earned their first conference victory with a 59-48 victory.

Leading for virtually the entire game, Coach Phil LaScala’s bunch answered any questions surrounding the team’s offensive struggles. Jake Fisher kicked off the scoring with a steal and layup and the Scouts never looked back. Fisher led the way with 18 points and his leadership was much-needed. On Friday, he was the type of scorer the team needs him to be in order to achieve the goals set out for this season.

One of the weaknesses for the Bears is their interior size. Senior Crawford Bolton took advantage of this as he was a dominant force down low all night. The senior finished with 14 points and displayed how critical it is for Bolton and Fisher to lead the team offensively. Stephen Young also stepped up on the offensive end as he profited off the weaker interior matchup. Young hit a big three late in the game to ice the win.

While the team failed to get much dribble penetration against Mundelein on Tuesday, Friday was a different story. Fisher commented, “We attacked really well throughout the whole game and never took plays off.” For Scouts’ fans, that’s encouraging as they will be tough to beat when attacking from all cylinders. Aside from a 12-0 run by Lake Zurich, Lake Forest dominated for most of the game as they led by 17 at one point in the third quarter.

Lake Forest moved to 3-4 (1-1 in conf.) while Lake Zurich fell to 2-5 (0-2 in conf.). The Scouts are back in action on Tuesday as Warren visits the Competition Gym.