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One night after a tough loss to New Trier knocked Waukegan out of the conference race, the Bulldogs bounced back like champions beating visiting Schaumburg 52-43 in a nonconference play.
“The guys bounced back after a tough loss. That was something we talked about in pregame,” Waukegan coach Ron Ashlaw said. “In football, you have to sit on it for an entire week. In basketball, sometimes you have those quick turnarounds.”
Devonte Taylor (21 points, 7 rebounds) and Quintin Davis (14 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals) keyed the win.
Starting point guard Jordan Johnson left the game with 5:46 remaining in the second quarter with a sprained ankle.
Waukegan (13-9) had 14 first-half turnovers and trailed 20-17, but a 9-0 run turned the score from 41-38 to 50-38 with 2:56 left to play.
“The first half was rough, but we were determined not to lose on senior night,” Davis said. “In the second half, our concentration was better. We made the right pass and got the ball into the right hands in the right places.”
Cole Reyes had 16 points and Jimmy Lundquist 10 for the Saxons (13-11).
Ashlaw was happy with the way Davis took over the point after Johnson went down.
“We’ve always thought of Quintin as our second primary ball-handler,” Ashlaw said, “either situationally or in cases like this. He has good vision, he’s strong and he shields the ball well.”