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Palatine - The Broncos of Barrington High School travel to battle the Pirates of Palatine High School in a classic rivalary in boys basketball. Scott Nelson BHS tries to control the ball against the Palatine defense. | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media
After a dominant 24-12 first quarter, it seemed like the only question Friday night would be how much the Barrington boys basketball team would beat Palatine by.
Then the Pirates stormed back, like a black-sailed ship on the high seas, and won in impressive fashion 63-51.
“I thought we got out to a great start and played with a lot of energy,” Barrington coach Bryan Tucker said. “We were moving the ball and knocking down shots. Then that energy kind of went away, and you have to give Palatine credit. They stepped up their defense and took us out of what we were trying to do.”
If the Broncos need the answer to how they let the game slip away, they should look no further than Palatine sophomore sensation Roosevelt Smart, who had a scintillating 25 points, 19 of which came in the tide-turning second half.
Trailing 31-24 to start the third quarter, Smart scored five points on the Pirate’s first two possessions and swung the momentum in Palatine’s favor. He also knocked down a brilliant fade-away jumper with a hand in his face to push the lead to 49-42 with just under five minutes remaining.
“They’re a talented team and they hit some tough shots tonight,” Tucker said. “There were times when I was just like, ‘That’s good defense. Tip your cap to them.’ ”
Barrington senior point guard Brad Zaumseil led the Broncos with 20 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:50 left to close the gap to 54-47. The Broncos would never get closer than that as Palatine was efficient from the free throw line and careful with the ball as time wound down. The loss moved Barrington to 14-10.