Game Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast Dates/Times: Noon and 4 p.m., Dec. 15 and Dec. 16; 7 p.m., Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 on CN100.
Where: Warren High School Almond Campus, 34090 Almond Rd., Gurnee.
Records (as of 12/11/12): Lake Forest (5-1 overall, 1-1 North Suburban Lake); Warren (6-3 overall, 2-1 North Suburban Lake).
Key players: Lake Forest: Carter Bass, Sr. G; Evan Boudreaux, Soph. F; Sam Downey, Sr. C; George Quall, Sr. G; Ben Simpson, Sr. G. Warren: Aarias Austin, Sr. G; Adrian Deere, Jr. G.
Fast Facts: Lake Forest has a senior-laden team, led by 6-foot-9 Yale signee Sam Downey and four-year varsity starter Carter Bass. Versatile swingman Ben Simpson versatile swingman and point guard George Quall are also seniors. But the team is bolstered in the frontcourt by 6-foot-8 sophomore Evan Boudreaux, who teams with Downey to give the Scouts quite an interior presence. Warren is under the direction of first-year coach Ryan Webber, who coached the last four years at Moline. Webber replaces longtime coach Chuck Ramsey, who retired. Webber inherits one of the area’s more underrated seniors in Aarias Austin (12 points per game) and a top junior in Adrian Deere (15 points per game). Along with Mundelein, the North Suburban Lake figures to go down to the wire with the winner accumulating a few losses along the way. This game will go a long way toward determining who has the early upper hand prior to the holiday tournaments.
Quotable: “It is a brand new system offensively and defensively for the kids, so we are going to continue to improve and become more comfortable,” Webber said. “We have a lot of new faces to game minutes and so we hopefully won’t be playing our best basketball until March.”
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