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Milik Yarbrough of Zion-Benton dribbles past Lake Forest's Ben Simpson, as Zion-Benton coach Don Kloth watches from the right. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Zion-Benton’s Milik Yarbrough came out and immediately lived up to his reputation. The 6-6 junior started firing up threes and driving to the basket with abandon. Almost everything went in and the Zee-Bees were out to an early lead.
But then something different happened. Yarbrough faded back into the game and let his teammates take the spotlight. Then, when they needed him most, Yarbrough was there at the end. He scored, dished off a crucial assist and then sank two free throws with 6.4 seconds to play to seal a 53-50 North Suburban Lake win over Lake Forest Saturday in Lake Forest.
“I am very proud of my team,” Yarbrough said. “I knew they were fired up and ready to play, but I didn’t know they were going to play that well.”
Zion-Benton simply wanted the win more. The Zee-Bees (7-1, 3-0 North Suburban Lake) are shorter than Lake Forest at every position, but somehow managed a 35-19 rebounding advantage.
“[Zion-Benton coach Don Kloth] told us we were going to outrebound them,” Yarbrough said. “He said he wasn’t sure how we were going to do it, but that we would.”
Yarbrough scored 11 in the first quarter and finished with 23 points and seven rebounds. The Zee-Bees had a comfortable lead for most of the game, but a big fourth quarter from senior George Quall (13 points) pulled Lake Forest (5-1, 1-1) close in the fourth quarter.
Yarbrough responded, scoring on the baseline with 3:20 to play, dishing off a fast break assist with 2:42 to play and draining two free throws with 34 seconds to play.
Quall’s three with eight seconds to play cut the lead to one. Yarbrough caught the inbound pass and drained the game-winning free throws. Quall’s three-point try at the buzzer rimmed out.
“I was just calm,” Yarbrough said. “I knew I had to come out and sink them.”
Dorsey Cadette (11 points, five rebounds) and Trenton Curry (seven points, five rebounds) also contributed for Zion-Benton.
Sam Downey scored 17 and had four rebounds and two blocks for the Scouts. Sophomore Evan Boudreaux added 13 points and five rebounds.