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Lake Forest High School's Carter Bass is defended by Lake Forest Academy's James Wick during a basketball game in Lake Forest, Saturday, February 16, 2013 I David Banks~for Sun-Times Media
It was a high school game, but the atmosphere rivaled that of college.
Playing in front of loud bipartisan crowd at Lake Forest College Saturday, Lake Forest outlasted a pesky and talented Lake Forest Academy 49-41.
“We talked to our kids before the game that it’s going to be intense,” Scouts coach Phil LaScala said. “We had to handle pressure and make good plays down the stretch.”
Leading 38-23 after three quarters, the game was mostly pressure free for Lake Forest. Then the Caxys found life, mostly from guard Dejon Brissett (16 points). The 6-foot-1 sophomore scored seven straight points to start the quarter to close the deficit to 38-30 for Lake Forest Academy. Brissett’s three-point play with 2:56 remaining cut the lead to 42-37. The Caxys had the ball with a chance to cut the lead to two, but misfired on a three-point attempt. This was the closest Lake Forest Academy got as in the final minute, the Scouts (18-7) went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line to close the game out.
Playing its final game of the season, Lake Forest Academy (13-10) got 14 points and seven rebounds from freshman Daniel Joseph.
“It was a good experience, a new experience to have all the people here,” Brissett said. “To have guys going for us and against us, it was inspirational.”
Senior Carter Bass scored 17 points to lead the Scouts, who have now won three games in a row.
“We’re playing really confident right now,” said Ben Simpson, who had five rebounds and four steals. “It’s good for our team to get used to the playoff atmosphere.”