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Lake Forest's Evan Boudreaux scores over Warren's Shayne White on Friday, December 14, 2012 in Gurnee. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
It took seven tries, but Lake Forest finally got the best of Warren.
After six straight losses dating back to January 2010, the Scouts beat the Blue Devils 36-28 in an offensively challenged game Friday night.
“It was a statement win,” senior center Sam Downey said. “We didn’t want to have two conference losses before Christmas.”
After struggling on defense in a 54-51 home loss to Zion-Benton Saturday, Lake Forest had four hard days of practice. The Scouts worked primarily on defense, and in the second quarter, the Scouts pitched a shut out. Warren did not score, and went almost 12 minutes without a point from the end of the first quarter until the beginning of the third.
A 10-8 Blue Devils lead at the end of one quarter became a 17-10 Scouts advantage with six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
“These guys have been letting up 50 points a game,” Lake Forest coach Phil LaScala said of his team. “We challenged them and they came through.”
Lake Forest (7-3, 1-1 NSC Lake) got enough offense from sophomore Evan Boudreaux and Downey. Boudreaux had a game-high 14 points (nine rebounds) and Downey added 12. Downey had four during a key fourth quarter run, turning a 28-27 Warren lead with 5:19 remaining into a 33-28 Lake Forest lead with just over a minute left.
Missing the inside presence of the graduated Nathan Boothe and Darius Paul, the Blue Devils (5-2, 1-2) lived and died from the 3-point line. Firing a dismal 2-of-22 from behind the arc and 9-of-40 overall, Warren was never able to sustain any offense.
“We have to hit more shots than that,” Warren coach Ryan Webber said. “That second quarter hurt us not being able to score.”
Senior Shayne White and junior Adrian Deere led the Blue Devils with seven points each.