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High school boys basketball: FVC leader Cary-Grove defeats Hampshire

Dunks by Jakubicek part of strong start to 2nd half

Cary-Grove guard Clark Cunningham attempts a layup in the fourth quarter against Hampshire on Friday in Cary. C-G won, 60-49.
Cary-Grove guard Clark Cunningham attempts a layup in the fourth quarter against Hampshire on Friday in Cary. C-G won, 60-49.

CARY – Cary-Grove found the ideal way to close one half and to open another.

Guard Beau Frericks swished a 3-pointer, and big man Frank Jakubicek converted a 3-point play for a six-point halftime lead.

Jakubicek, a 6-foot-8 forward, then started the second half with a tip-slam and a dunk off Drew Szydlo’s assist to finish a 12-point run.

That was all the Trojans needed as they played solidly on both ends and made almost everything at the free-throw line to defeat Hampshire, 60-49, Friday in a Fox Valley Conference game at Elroy Fitzgerald Gymnasium.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Jakubicek said of his second-half dunks. “We’re trying to come out with a lot of energy and intensity. They kind of amped it up a little bit and made everyone excited to play. That was a lot of fun.”

C-G (14-2, 7-0 FVC) holds a 1 1/2-game lead on Huntley and a two-game advantage on Hampshire (11-5, 5-2) after the win.

“We knew how big this game was coming in,” Trojans coach Adam McCloud said. “People were circling this game.”

The Whip-Purs took a 20-18 lead on Keynan Davis’ driving layup with 2:26 remaining in the second quarter. Hampshire did not score again until there was 5:35 left in the third quarter, at which point C-G had a 30-20 lead.

“We just got better shots and clamped down on the defensive end,” said Frericks, who led all players with 24 points. “Whenever we string together a couple stops, a couple scores, we can start to get away from other teams. It feels good. This was a big one. We’ve wanted this for a while.”

Hampshire cut the lead to 32-27 on Jeremy Rosa’s layup with 3:55 to go in the third quarter, but that was the closest the Whips got.

“Our possessions weren’t what we were looking for,” Whips coach Mike Featherly said of C-G’s pivotal run. “We kind of rushed through our possessions. I don’t know if it was them or us just being impatient. We just kind of deviated a little bit. We played a real nice first half except for that little stretch at the end.”

C-G finished off the Whips by making its first 14 free throws of the fourth quarter. Frericks was 8 of 8 in that quarter, Jakubicek was 3 for 3, and Clark Cunningham was 2 for 2.

Nick Erickson led Hampshire with 16 points and eight rebounds.

“This is a huge win,” said Jakubicek, who had three dunks and three blocked shots. “Hampshire’s a great team, near the top of the conference. We definitely wanted to come out and prove we belong at the top.”

STAR OF THE GAME

Frank Jakubicek, Cary-Grove, sr., F

Jakubicek scored 20 points and had six rebounds, three dunks and three blocked shots for the Trojans.

THE NUMBER

14: Consecutive free throws C-G made in the fourth quarter before missing its last two.

AND ANOTHER THING ...

C-G lost to Hampshire after winning Jacobs’ Hinkle Holiday Classic last season. The Trojans lost to Waubonsie Valley in the Hinkle championship this season. “I told them that loss to Waubonsie might have done more good than harm,” Trojans coach Adam McCloud said. “You lost to a really good team, you got better, now you’re awake and not going to fall asleep on anybody.”

Cary-Grove 60, Hampshire 49

HAMPSHIRE (49)

Milison 3 2-2 9, Woods 4 0-2 9, Davis 3 1-2 7, Rosa 2 2-2 7, Erickson 6 3-4 16, Oguchukwu 0 0-0 0, Bailey 1 0-0 2, Percival 0 0-0 0, Cha. Le 0 0-1 0, Chris Le 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Smekrud 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 8-13 49.

CARY-GROVE (60)

Frericks 6 9-9 24, Cunningham 0 2-2 2, Weaver 1 2-4 4, Jakubicek 8 4-4 20, Szydlo 1 0-0 2, Clarke 0 0-0 0, Beaugureau 3 2-3 8, O’Hara 0 0-0 0, Sepeczi 0 0-0 0, Talkington 0 0-0 0, Pederson 0 0-0 0, Berghoff 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 19-22 60.

Hampshire 13 7 11 18 – 49

Cary-Grove 10 16 14 20 – 60

3-point goals: Hampshire 3 (Milison, Woods, Erickson), Cary-Grove 3 (Frericks 3). Total fouls: Hampshire 18, Cary-Grove 13. Fouled out: Erickson, Szydlo.

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