Big third quarter lifts Waukegan over Glenbrook South
Glenview- Quintin Davis Waukegan tries to take to the hoop over Conor McCarthy GBS. Waukegan at Glenbrook South boys basketball. | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 26, 2013 12:13AM
GLENVIEW — Waukegan downed Glenbrook South 62-47 Friday night at the Titan Dome to move two games ahead of the Titans in the Central Suburban League South Division.
Glenbrook South (10-8 overall, 2-4 conference) led by four points at the half, but the Bulldogs (10-7, 4-2) stole the show in the third quarter, outscoring Glenbrook South 19-6.
Senior guard Quintin Davis was dominant around the basket for Waukegan, manuevering around the hoop with ease for a wide variety of reverse layups and bank shots.
Senior forward Devonte Taylor sealed the momentum in the Bulldogs’ favor with a fourth-quarter dunk that made clear which team Friday’s game belonged to.
Davis notched a game-high 22 points while Taylor finished right behind him with 19 points.
Davis and Taylor went to work right away in the third quarter, scoring four straight points to tie the score at 31. After senior forward Justin Busiel regained the lead for the Titans with a floater, Davis knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Bulldogs a lead they would never relinquish.
Waukegan was just getting started in the post, however. Leading 34-33, senior guard Jordan Johnson missed a 3-pointer, but junior forward Jerome Davis was there for the putback.
The Bulldogs’ hustle and grit was best summarized by a sequence of plays with Waukegan already clinging to a 38-33 lead.
Following a Bulldogs’ miss, the Titans appeared to have the rebound, but Waukegan pried the ball loose, setting up a floater for Quintin Davis. He missed the floater, but again, Waukegan’s active hands tipped the ball out to keep the possession alive.
Though the Bulldogs would get just one point out of the possession, it was an apt summary of the night.
Taylor ultimately extended Waukegan’s lead to eight with a hook shot, and Johnson capped the quarter with a long jumper from just inside the arc, sprawling to the ground as his shot swished through the net.
It was that kind of quarter for Waukegan, which held a 46-37 lead after Johnson’s remarkable shot.
All along, Waukegan’s bench loudly cheered each offensive rebound and each Bulldogs’ triumph around the basket.
Jerome Davis earned a technical foul for hanging on the rim after his dunk attempt bounced out. It appeared that Davis was holding onto the rim with one hand while attempting to reclaim possession of the ball with his other hand, thus earning the technical.
Taylor made sure the Titan Dome fans would see an aerial display, flying high for a dunk that put Waukegan up 52-38.
“When they hit a couple of shots, that was enough for them to get a lot of momentum,” Glenbrook South coach Ben Widner said. “They hit a couple of jump shots there and we got cold and if you have a team like that with quickness and speed and that much momentum, they took it and ran.”
Busiel led the way for the Titans with 14 points while junior center Conor McCarthy’s seven points in the second quarter allowed Glenbrook South to carry a lead into the locker room.
Busiel went ice cold in the second half, however, as several of his outside shots rolled in and out of the basket. He finished with just three points in the second half, while McCarthy was held off of the scoreboard entirely.
The Titans also failed to put pressure on the Bulldogs’ defense, not drawing a foul for the first seven minutes of Friday’s contest.
“We have to learn from it,” Widner said. “Part of the message was we want it, but it has to happen on the floor, too. You can’t just say you want to rebound or box out or get a loose ball.”
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper Thursday to read more about the Glenbrook South boys basketball team.
Waukegan 62, Glenbrook South 47
Waukegan (10-7, 4-2)
Jordan Johnson 8, Jerome Davis 12, Devonte Taylor 19, Quintin Davis 22, Cornell Fort 1, Tyrone Scafe 0, Jachai Taylor 0
Glenbrook South (10-8, 2-4)
Justin Busiel 14, Josh Arenson 2, Max Cohen 6, Trey Dahiya 4, Danny Nikitas 3, Conor McCarthy 9, Devin Maki 6, Matt Siegel 0, Marques Thompson 0
Waukegan 17-10-19-16 — 62
Glenbrook South 17-14-6-10 — 47
3-point goals — Waukegan 5 (Jordan Johnson 3, Devonte Taylor, Quintin Davis), Glenbrook South 4 (Justin Busiel, Max Cohen 2, Danny Nikitas). Team Fouls — Waukegan 9, Glenbrook South 12. Technicals — Waukegan 2, Glenbrook South 0.