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Palatine- Boys Hoops; Class 4A Palatine Regional Semifinal pits the Grant Bulldogs vs. the Lake Forest Scouts. Evan Boudreaux Lake Forest works the ball against Brandon Lombardino Grant. | Joe Cyganowski ~ For Sun Times Media
Glenbrook North coach Dave Weber called Sam Downey the difference in his team’s loss to Lake Forest on Friday.
There’s no denying the 6-foot-9, Yale-bound center is a force underneath basket. Downing scored a team-best 20 points to go with 11 rebounds in the Scouts’ 57-52 win over the Spartans at Niles West’s tournament.
But Evan Boudreaux is the team’s most dynamic player, someone who creates matchup nightmares for opposing coaches.
Only a sophomore, Boudreaux, a 6-foot-7 two-year varsity veteran, already is a go-to guy and a potential big-time recruit.
“Toward the second half of last season I got a lot more comfortable,” he said. “This year, we’ve all gelled, and I’m looking to play my part.”
Boudreaux scored in a number of ways against the Spartans that added up to 14 points and improved the Scouts to 4-0. He also grabbed nine rebounds and guarded Glenbrook North’s Andrew McAuliffe, a 6-8 forward who will play for Davidson in college.
“His shooting has improved tremendously, and he can now drag guys away from the basket,” Lake Forest coach Phil LaScala said. “That makes him hard to defend.”
Boudreaux takes pride in being a player with offensive options. His first points Friday came on a 3-pointer, but he also scored on a one-handed shot from the block as well as layup off a rebound.
“I’ve always tried to play on the inside and outside,” he said. “It’s about taking advantage of what the other team gives me. I think Sam and I complement each other well.
“It’s really hard to guard all of us. We create a lot of matchup problems for other teams.”
Not to be forgotten is Carter Bass. The 6-4 senior scored 15 and was the team’s spark in the fourth quarter Friday against Glenbrook North.
“We have a lot of weapons,” LaScala said.
The undefeated Scouts take on Mundelein at home Friday in an NSC Lake contest.
“We have a long ways to go,” the coach said. “Our conference is loaded, and it’s going to be a dogfight to get to where we want to go.”