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North Chicago's JayQuan McCloud (11) during the 2nd quarter of Friday's game against Lakes at the Mundelein and Warren Thanksgiving Tournament. North Chicago won the game, 83-68. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
North Chicago outscored Lakes 27-9 in the second quarter and went on to beat the Eagles 83-68 on Friday on Day 4 of the Mundelein/Warren season-opening boys basketball tournament.
The Warhawks (4-0) will play Mundelein at 6 on Saturay and Lakes (2-2) will face Waukegan at 1.
Juniors JayQuan McCloud and Big Kurt Hall each scored 29 points for the winners, who hit 29-of-59 shots from the field even though JaVairius Amos-Mays was 3-of-16 shooting and had just 10 points.
“This was a typical game for us. We didn’t want to show them too much because we play them in conference twice,” said North Chicago coach King Coleman. “Today showed you just can’t focus on one kid.”
In regard to the Big Three of Amos-Mays, McCloud and Hall, he said, “If one is off, the other two will step up.”
Lakes led 19-18 after one quarter before North Chicago took control.
The Eagles got as close as 48-40 early in the third quarter, but the score quickly moved to 59-44.
“I’ve been impressed with our offense so far,” said Coleman. “Defensively, I’m not happy yet. We need better focus on rotation.”
For his part, Hall was happy with the way the team worked as a cohesive unit.
“Everybody played together today. Even though Jay was off, he was able to pass the ball around and we were able to score,” Hall said.
On the other side, Lakes coach Chris Snyder was pleased with his team’s effort.
“I was happy we competed and stayed with them most of the game,” he said. “We have to clean up a few mistakes and we’ll be fine.
“We battled all game and the kids didn’t give up.”
Jake Kohler led the Eagles in scoring with 20 points. He hit four 3-pointers.