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Warren's Aarias Austin (center) shoots one between Round Lake's James Mobley (left) and Mateusz Lopez during their boys basketball game at Round Lake. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Last Tuesday night, Warren suffered a stunning setback at home at the hands of Lake Zurich.
But one week and three games later, that loss is so far in the rear-view mirror, it’s out of sight.
Warren raced out to a 33-12 lead after one frame and cruised to a 90-34 victory over Round Lake Tuesday night.
Eleven players scored for the Warren (11-8), with three non-starters reaching double figures.
Eric Gillespie (17 points, seven steals), Dominic Cuevas (17 points) and Dre Von Hill (13 points) combined for 47 points to lead the offense. Starter Aarias Austin had all 14 of his points in the first quarter.
“I thought everybody who took the floor for us played with a purpose,” said Devils coach Ryan Webber. “They played to not let each other down. They took pride in their defense. I thought our effort was really really good.
“Our success this year has been based on our intensity level and our energy and effort,” he added. “That’s what we’ve been trying to get back to since last Tuesday night when we lost to Lake Zurich.”
The coach stressed that the team’s identity must be centered around giving maximum effort.
On the other side, Round Lake (3-15) was without two starters (Mark Jennings, and also Rayshawn Bommon, who has an injury). Bommon may be back in a month.
“We’re still learning to fight together,” said Panthers coach Jim Roberts, “and have each others’ backs. We have good, talented young kids. We’re trying to find which of those kids want to find, want to compete and want to cheer on each other.”
Two freshman started for the Panthers. James Mobley had eight points and five rebounds, and Michael Green had one point. Zack Pick led the team with 10 points, and Karnell Wright had nine.