Scouts Unable to Upset Patriots in Lincolnshire

Bobby Winebrenner, Boys Basketball Beat Reporter

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LINCOLNSHIRE, IL. — After suffering a 4th quarter collapse in their previous contest with Libertyville, the Boys’ Basketball Team encountered a similar fate on Wednesday night. The Stevenson Patriots have long been the kryptonite to Coach LaScala’s Scouts and whether it’s a mental or physical obstacle to overcome, Lake Forest has not been able to do so as of late. And sadly for the visitors, last night was no different as the Patriots earned the 47-29 win.  

The two North Suburban Conference rivals are always competitive and last night’s game started out the same way. A low-scoring and defensive battle was present through the first three quarters as the two teams looked all square. For Lake Forest, Jack Malloy had another strong game and provided steady scoring to a game that was in much need of it.

Stevenson was led by junior guard Matthew Ambrose who was efficient from the floor in all areas. The lanky scorer made defensive matchups difficult as Coach LaScala experimented with numerous defenders on Ambrose. The junior wasn’t the only Patriot who shot the ball well as it seemed as if the entire team had excellent percentages from deep.

Stevenson coach Pat Ambrose was well-prepared for the Scouts once again as he forced Scouts not named Crawford Bolton and Jake Fisher to beat them. Bolton was limited to 11 points and Fisher was held a mere three points in the contest. Malloy’s 14 were not enough to keep up with a fourth quarter outburst by the home Patriots. Senior Carter Horan summed up the Scouts’ recent struggles by saying, “We are playing good basketball, but we need to put four full quarters together to get the win.” Senior Jake Fisher added, “In our tough conference, we cannot afford a bad quarter. That’s what has hurt us lately.”

What looked like a game which would come down to the wire turned to be anything but that as Stevenson used an 18-4 run throughout the final period to secure the convincing win. Lake Forest fell to 7-12 (3-4 in conf.) with the loss and Stevenson improved to 16-3 (6-1). The Scouts welcome Lake Zurich to the Competition Gym on Friday at 5:30 PM.