Mundelein Uses Late Run to Upend Scouts in Overtime


Bobby Winebrenner, Boys Basketball Beat Reporter

MUNDELEIN, Ill. — Basketball fans have recently seen the sport shift to a game won and lost behind the 3 point arc. It has become seemingly impossible to win games when those shots aren’t falling and the inside, physical style of play isn’t quite as present. For a smaller Lake Forest team which tends to make a living at times from deep, the Scouts won’t go home quite as happy when they struggle from deep. Saturday night was one of those nights as Coach Phil LaScala’s team shot a mere 22% from three point land. While they kept up in other areas, they couldn’t quite earn the revenge over the Mustangs as the Scouts were defeated 51-46 in overtime.

“We had a bad first quarter but luckily battled back and things eventually went back and forth,” said senior Crawford Bolton. As they have all season long, Lake Forest didn’t come out of the gates too hot. They trailed 11-4 after the first quarter but saved their scoring for the second and third periods.  The Scouts clearly put a heavy emphasis on defensive rebounding which was obvious as they limited Mundelein center Scottie Ebube on the offensive glass.

Outscoring the Mustangs 30-17 over the next two quarters, Coach Phil LaScala’s went into the final period with a six point lead. The two teams competed to the final buzzer in regulation and even that wasn’t enough. Jake Fisher drilled a late three pointer to tie it and send the game into overtime. In overtime however both teams dealt with foul trouble as Ebube and Bolton both fouled out. Highly-touted point guard Conor Enright got overtime started with an “and-1” and the Mustangs never looked back.

Mundelein would go on to win and earn the home North Suburban Conference win. Fisher led Lake Forest with 17 points and Michael Pasquella added nine points and seven rebounds. The Scouts fell to 8-13 and Mundelein improved to 15-8.