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Aaron Rosen is not one to brag about himself, but modesty had no place Thursday night for the reserve senior forward.
He drilled four three-pointers and scored 14 points in providing a crucial boost as the host Trevians overcame a sluggish start to rally past Waukegan 67-60 in Central Suburban South play in Winnetka.
“I don’t want to sound cocky, but I’m a very good shooter,” Rosen said. “The team needed me to bring some energy off the bench because we were downs eight points when I came into the game.”
New Trier (8-2, 3-0) turned it over four times and missed 10 of its first 12 shots as Waukegan bolted out to the early lead.
Junior guard Ricky Samuelson scored on a layup at the first quarter buzzer, a prelude of the Trevians’ dominance. Rosen converted two three-pointers and scored eight points in the quarter as the Trevians ripped off a 22-6 run for a 33-25 lead at the break.
Samuelson scored all eight of his points in the first half.
“Rosen and Samuelson are both shooters,” New Trier coach Scott Fricke said. “They have a lot of confidence and even if they miss one or two, they are going to keep shooting.”
Trevians star senior forward Steven Cook recovered from a poor start to score a team-best 19 points. He added 11 rebounds and two steals. Five of his six baskets were dunks.
“I think early on I was frustrated out there,” Cook said. “I had some offensive rebounds and I rushed shots and then I took some three-pointers because they were playing off me, and those didn’t go in.
“The dunks got me and I think the rest of the team going,” he said.
Senior forward Stas Banas heated up to start the third quarter, scoring five quick points to fuel a 7-0 run that extended the margin to 15 points. Rosen nailed back-back three-pointers during the run.
Waukegan (4-5, 1-2) rallied behind star junior swing man Devonte Taylor. He scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half. His steal and length of the court dunk capped an 11-2 Bulldogs’ run that pulled them within seven points with just under seven minutes to play. He added nine rebounds and three blocked shots before fouling out in the closing seconds.
“We have to do a better job of handling the ball and finishing quarters,” Fricke said. New Trier’s depth wore down the Bulldogs. Nine different Trevian players scored. Banas scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half.
Senior guard Jerome Johnson scored all 14 of his points in the second half. Junior forward Jerome Davis contributed 12 points.