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Reid Berman spent most of the first half stuck on the bench with two fouls.
New Trier made sure it wouldn’t have to use that as an excuse by going into halftime ahead eight points over Evanston at Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena on Thursday.
But the senior point guard showed how important he is to the Trevians early in the second half. He assisted on two Steven Cook baskets and added two layups over the first four minutes of the third quarter to swell the lead to 15.
The Trevians never looked back en route to a 55-33 win over the Wildkits.
“[It was] kind of frustrating I couldn’t enjoy the whole experience, but I am definitely happy with the blowout,” said Berman, who had three points and sat out for more than 12 minutes in the first two quarters. “This was the last time I was playing here, and it’s been so much fun.”
Berman’s third quarter included six points — all on layups — and three assists. He finished with nine points.
“I was really frustrated in the first half, but we obviously did a great job maintaining that lead,” said Berman, an Amherst recruit.
New Trier (8-2, 4-0 Central Suburban South) held Evanston (5-6, 1-3) without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes in the second half, building a 30-point advantage.
Junior guard Jordan Thomas and Cook, a senior forward, both contributed 10 points in the victory.