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High school boys basketball: Cary-Grove pulls away from Crystal Lake Central for FVC win

Frank Jakubicek
Frank Jakubicek

CARY – Crystal Lake Central’s Ryan Mendoza's jumper to start the fourth quarter cut Cary-Grove’s lead to three points and drew rousing applause from the Tigers’ student section.

C-G, which had led by 11 in the third quarter, appeared to be in for a battle to the finish.

It was, however, the last time Central scored.

While C-G shot layups on one end, Central’s offensive woes continued on the other. The Trojans scored the game's final 13 points for a 46-30 Fox Valley Conference victory Friday night at Elroy Fitzgerald Gymnasium.

“We locked up. Coach (Adam McCloud) said to trust in our man defense,” C-G guard Beau Frericks said. “It’s been tough (to beat) when we play as a team. It was good for us.”

C-G (16-6, 8-4) pulled within a game of conference-leading Crystal Lake South (18-6, 9-3) with the win. Central (14-10, 8-4) also is one game back.

“That (fourth quarter) was a lot of heart,” Trojans forward Frank Jakubicek said. “Central’s a great team. We had them scouted well. We were able to do our stuff and pull away.”

After Mendoza’s bucket, Jakubicek scored inside, then L.J. Waco scored inside, then Frericks got a fast-break layup. Frericks then hit a 3-pointer from the right corner and Jakubicek dunked with 2:15 to go, making it 44-30.

McCloud almost lost track of the time.

“All of a sudden I looked up and we were up by however many and there was a minute-and-a-half left,” McCloud said. “We just said, ‘Stick to the game plan.’ We felt like if they made some long twos, that’s OK. Don’t let them get it inside to (center Alex) Timmerman.”

Timmerman, the Tigers’ 6-foot-9 senior, led his team with nine points, but 6-5 David Aulert, with some help from Jakubicek (6-8) and L.J. Waco (6-2), slowed him down.

“Since Christmas, we have just not put the ball in the basket,” Tigers coach Rich Czeslawski said. “When you’re not scoring, everything just snowballs on you. I like the shots we’re getting, we just have to make them.”

Central was 1 of 10 in the fourth quarter and shot 25.5 percent (12 of 47) for the game.

Czeslawski liked his team’s diamond-and-one look against Frericks, who scored 32 when the teams met at Central in December, a 65-61 Tigers’ win.

Frericks had four at halftime, but finished with 16 points and was 5 of 6 on field goals in the second half. Jakubicek scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

“I was proud of our buy-in,” McCloud said. “This was a tough week. We were supposed to play Tuesday and nothing (icy weather). Supposed to play Thursday and no referees, and our guys were just focused on this game. Nothing else seemed to matter except the Central game. It keeps us in the hunt.”

STAR OF THE GAME

Frank Jakubicek, Cary-Grove, jr., F

Jakubicek scored 15 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had a dunk late as the Trojans pulled away in the fourth quarter for their FVC victory over Crystal Lake Central.

THE NUMBER

2: Points in the fourth quarter for Central.

AND ANOTHER THING...

Friday was the third time the teams tried to play this week. The game was originally set for Tuesday, but heavy ice forced a postponement until Thursday. There was a miscommunication through emails and officials were not available for Thursday, which pushed it back to Friday.

Cary-Grove 46, Crystal Lake Central 30

CL CENTRAL (30): Seegers 1 0-0 2, Welder 2 0-0 5, Timmerman 4 1-4 9, Lerum 3 1-1 7, Williams 0 1-1 1, Dungey 0 1-2 1, Cassell 0 1-2 1, Mendoza 2 0-0 4, Pokora 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 5-10 30.

CARY-GROVE (46): Cunningham 1 0-0 2, Frericks 6 2-2 14, Rice 1 0-0 3, Aulert 1 0-0 2, Jakubicek 7 1-1 15, Weaver 0 0-0 0, Waco 1 1-2 3, West 1 0-0 2, Sowa 1 0-2 3, Szydlo 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 4-7 46.

CL Central 5 10 13 2 – 30

Cary-Grove 12 9 12 13 – 46

3-point goals: CL Central 1 (Welder), Cary-Grove 4 (Frericks 2, Rice, Sowa). Total fouls: CL Central 12, Cary-Grove 11.

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