Mundelein stays undefeated with win


Mundelein stays undefeated with win

By Bryan Bonato

Mundelein improved to 6-0 on the season, racing past visiting Lake Forest 67-56 on Friday in a North Suburban Lake opener.Junior guard Robert Knar scored 19 points (9-of-16 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range) and had 10 assists for the winners, who face Lake Zurich on Tuesday and then will host Warren next Friday.Sean OBrien (12 points, nine rebounds, three steals) and Chino Ebube (10 points, four blocks) also played well for the winners.Lake Forest (3-2) got 19 points from Thomas Durrett and 12 points off the bench from Ben Simpson.Scout standouts John Hayes (four points) and Carter Bass (six points) were shut down, but freshman center Evan Boudreau had three points and 10 rebounds.Its a big win for us, said OBrien. Losing Ryan (Sawvell, the teams best player last year who is now playing at Evansville), nobody really knew how wed be. Thats a good team we beat tonight.I thought we played really hard and we set a good tone for the rest of the conference season.Mundeleins coach, Richard Knar, praised the play of OBrien and his son Robert.I thought Robert did his best job of the year finding other people and getting into the lane, the coach said. He wasnt just relying on jump shots.Sean did a really nice job all-around, defensively and rebounding. Those two guys did a nice job calming things down down the stretch.Lake Forest got within 40-34 in the third quarter, but Knar had the next seven points as part of a 13-2 run that sealed the deal.We didnt stick to our game plan, said Scouts coach Phil LaScala. Give Mundelein credit. They do a good job getting you out of it.They play at a really fast pace and they get you to hurry. We got impatient and they took advantage of it.Lake Forest will face Carmel (1-3) on Saturday in Mundelein.

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Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Can the Bulls get one on the Bucks? The Bulls are 0-3 against the Bucks so far this season and it hasn't been pretty. The Bucks have won the previous three meetings all by double digits and by an average of 19 points. The youth and athleticism of the Bucks has been a tough matchup for the Bulls so far.

2. Containing Giannis. There may be no stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bulls can at least try to contain him. Antetokounmpo is averaging 23 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. In three games against the Bulls this year he has averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest. If the Bulls are to stay in the game, they will need to keep him to numbers lower than that.

3. Playoff implications. The Bulls playoff hopes are still alive with nine games remaining, but things are looking a bit bleak. The Bulls are a game and a half out of the eighth playoff spot, but only 3.5 games behind two teams tied for the No. 5 seed, the Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have won three in a row to improve their position.

4. Mirotic on a roll. Streaky play is nothing new to Nikola Mirotic, but he's on a good run currently. After scoring a season-high 28 points on Wednesday against the Pistons, Mirotic followed that up with 15 points against the 76ers. Since missing three straight games earlier this month, Mirotic has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games and is averaging 15.6 points during that stretch.

5. Beginning of a tough stretch. The Bulls' playoff hopes could be made or broken in the next three games. After taking on the Bucks, which occupy a playoff spot, the Bulls host two more Eastern Conference playoff teams in Cleveland and Atlanta. The Bulls need to string some wins together and this is not an easy stretch to do so against.

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