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Lake Villa Saturday, 12/8/12 Antioch's Tyler Innis (20) has a shot rejected by Lakes' Jon Gomulka (31) during the second quarter of Saturday evening's game. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
The Lakes/Antioch basketball rivalry continues to be great fun for the fans, but no fun at all for the players wearing Antioch’s school colors.
Host Lakes scored the game’s first 12 points and dominated throughout to beat Antioch 64-28 in a North Suburban Prairie matchup Saturday.
Lakes has now won 13 consecutive games in this intradistrict matchup and holds a 15-2 all-time edge in the series that began when Lakes opened and took half of Antioch’s students nine years ago.
Saturday’s game was decided early. In the first three minutes, Antioch had five turnovers and one missed shot, while Lakes was 5-of-11 shooting with four offensive rebounds. Score: 12-0.
The Lakes lead swelled to 32-12 and then to 39-18 at halftime.
The second half was largely uneventful, except for the announcement that fans had donated 420 canned-good items and $100 for the Open Arms Mission food pantry in Antioch.
For Lakes, Troy Swindle contributed 15 points and Jake Kohler 14.
“We’re just building on wins right now,” said Swindle of the Eagles, who have won five in a row and will take a 7-2 record into Thursday’s showdown for first place with North Chicago. “It was nice to keep the momentum going from last night (a 57-54 win over Grayslake North). We’ve been working hard on our press and picking up the tempo.”
Jake Kohler, a 6-4 senior who played on the blocks in this game, was fired up afterward.
“Everyone was pumped up. Our defense has been our focus and was solid tonight,” he said.
Lakes coach Chris Snyder liked the way his team played pressure defense against Antioch.
“It’s something that about a week ago we put in. We have the right personnel for it,” he said. “And we have been seeing some results. The press highlights our strength with our athleticism.”
That defense forced 11 first-quarter turnovers on Saturday.
For Antioch, no player had more than six points.
“This was a tough game to say the least,” said Antioch coach Jim White. “They are big and swarmed us and we had trouble moving the ball.”