Prospect's second-quarter run does in Buffalo Grove
It only took one big surge by visiting Prospect to ruin Senior Night for the Buffalo Grove boys basketball team on Friday.
Only trailing 15-12 after one quarter, the Bison would see the Knights go on a 19-2 second-quarter run as Buffalo Grove went into halftime facing a big 33-16 deficit.
The rest of the contest was close, but Prospect was never seriously threatened the rest of the way as the Knights rolled to a 71-53 Mid-Suburban League East Division victory in the first game played without face masks by either team in two seasons.
A bank shot by Prospect's Owen Walter capped the Knights' 19-2 run for a 28-14 lead before they took their biggest lead at 48-28 on a 3-point play by senior Owen Schneider with 2:50 left in the third quarter.
Junior Alex Georgakas was a big factor for Prospect throughout the game with a team-high 18 points while Schneider also hit double figures with 15 points.
"We did what we had to do. It was our first game with no masks. Everyone was so happy and it was much easier to play," said Georgakas, who had 11 points in the first half.
"It was a great team game. We set the tone from the start, and it just went from there."
Buffalo Grove (13-16, 5-5) was never able to cut into the Knights' lead substantially except for early in the second half when a drive by Ross Tsevis, and a 3-pointer by Jacob Heinrich, made the score 33-21 with 6:40 remaining in the period.
But the Bison were outscored 21-13 the rest of the quarter to face a considerable 54-34 hole entering the fourth quarter.
"That (19-2) run gave us the gap that we needed, and it starts with us getting defensive stops," said Prospect coach Brad Rathe, whose team showed some great passing skills throughout the contest.
"It was a team effort across the board, and that was with two guys in foul trouble."
Buffalo Grove had three players reach double figures in scoring, led by Adidas Davis with 13 points. Heinrich and Tsevis added 12 points each.
"Prospect is a really good team, we're a team that is under .500, and there is a lot of emotion on Senior Night," said Buffalo Grove coach Keith Peterson, whose team will be losing 10 seniors to graduation.
"We went cold (in the second quarter), they were able to get some run outs, and Prospect is going to take advantage of that."
Walter scored 8 points for the Knights while teammates David Marshall, Daniel Raupp, and Al Kazuk scored 5 points apiece.
"Georgakas is playing with a lot of confidence right now," added Rathe. "He has the ability to get to the rim, and he's playing really well."