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New Trier's Reid Berman moves to the inside past Nazareth's Alex Edwards. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
It sounds like the start of another classic Proviso West Tournament story: New Trier senior Steven Cook scored 19 points and led the Trevians to a 74-59 win Saturday in Hillside, all while throwing up at halftime due to exhaustion or sickness.
Except it wasn’t really like that. Just some Gatorade issues.
“I usually drink water but all they had was Gatorade,” Cook said, cutting down his future endorsements deals by one.
Cook’s issues didn’t show on the court. He shot 8-for-11 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and six steals.
The Trevians (10-2) had their hands full trying to contain Nazareth’s 7-foot sophomore Tyler Jackson (19 points, five rebounds).
The Roadrunners had trouble getting him the ball, continually turning it over while trying to feed Jackson in the point. Nazareth finished with 20 turnovers.
“When you are playing a 7-footer you have to front him and try and deny him the ball,” Cook said. “When we didn’t do it he was automatic down there. But I think that is why they turned the ball over so much, we were focused on it.”
It was a one point game at the half, but New Trier drained five threes in the third quarter and held Nazareth (6-4) without a score for almost three minutes and took control of the game.
Aaron Rosen scored 16 and Stas Banas added 14 for the Trevians. Point guard Reid Berman finished with nine points and 11 assists.
Dan Kienzle added 11 points and six assists for the Roadrunners.