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Bartlett's Lance Whitaker (center) steals the ball from Prairie Ridge's Josh Behning (left) and Steven Ticknor on Thursday. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
Bartlett had some cleaning up to do on Thursday after a late-game collapse against Barrington on Wednesday messed up the Hawks’ chances of advancing to the championship bracket at the Jacobs Holiday Classic.
The Hawks bounced back from the heartbreaking defeat with a 48-28 win over Prairie Ridge in the final round of pool play.
Bartlett is now 2-1 in the tournament and finished second in its pool of four teams behind Barrington, which handed the Hawks a last-second defeat on Wednesday. Bartlett will play in the Consolation A Bracket semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday.
“The great thing about basketball is unless it’s March there is always another game to get ready for right away,” said Bartlett coach Jim Wolfsmith. “We realize we should have won that game on Wednesday. We had some crucial mistakes that cost us a chance to be in the championship bracket. But you can’t dwell on it.
“You have to shake it off and move on. I’m real pleased with the way the guys bounced right back today.”
Bartlett (10-4) trailed 9-8 after one quarter, but outscored Prairie Ridge 13-4 in the second quarter to take a 21-13 halftime lead. The Hawks continued to pull away in the third quarter.
Jon Moss knocked down a pair of three-pointers as Bartlett extended the lead to 34-20. Prairie Ridge cut the lead to 36-28 early in the fourth quarter, but the Hawks scored the final 10 points to seal the win.
Lance Whitaker had a pair of buckets down the stretch for the Hawks. Whitaker and Moss each finished with 14 points to lead Bartlett.
“Prairie Ridge is a team that really makes you work hard,” said Wolfsmith. “They play a lot of zone matchups and force you to hit the outside shot. I thought we did a good job of moving the ball and finding the open man.”
The Hawks defense held Prairie Ridge to just 12-of-32 (37 percent) shooting from the field and forced 17 turnovers.
“Defense was excellent today,” said Wolfsmith. “The past couple games we kind of just reacted to what teams were running. Today I was much happier with the way we got after the ball and took them out of their offense.”