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Unable to contain Barrington inside the paint, the Lake Forest Academy boys basketball team was defeated 45-33 at the Mundelein Thanksgiving Tournament Friday night.
The Broncos jumped out to a 12-5 lead after one quarter, but the Caxys opened the second period with a 7-2 run to make it 14-12. Barrington quickly regrouped, however, and took a 20-12 advantage into halftime.
Continuing to pound the ball inside, the Broncos began the third quarter with five straight baskets for a 30-12 bulge. LFA bounced back a bit from there, cutting the lead to 34-25 after a three-pointer by sophomore guard Ryan Clamage, followed by a buzzer-beating layup from senior guard Hao Jiang.
The Caxys trailed 45-29 with three minutes left in the fourth, and finished the game with baskets by freshman center Daniel Joseph (team-high 12 points) and Jiang.
“We didn’t come to play tonight,” said LFA coach Matt Vaughn, whose team opened tourney play with a 63-53 loss to Waukegan on Tuesday. “We played like a young, inexperienced team, and that’s what we are.”
Meanwhile, Barrington coach Bryan Tucker was pleased with the Broncos’ aggressiveness under the basket.
“Usually, good things happen when you get to the rim,” he said. “We did a nice job handling their changing defenses.”