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Fox Lake-12/26/12, Wed./Grant High School #22 Ryan Noda, of Grant looks to get a shot off vs. Round Lake in game action Wednesday night. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media
Steve Dunning scored 17 points to lead host Grant past Round Lake 64-47 on Wednesday on Day 2 of Grant High School’s holiday boys basketball tournament.
The Bulldogs are now 1-1 in the six-team, round-robin event and 6-7 overall, while Round Lake is 0-2 in the tourney and 2-10 overall.
In earlier games Wednesday, Northridge Prep (2-0) beat McHenry (1-1) 52-46, and Grayslake North (2-0) beat Richmond (0-2) 47-33 behind 18 points by A.J. Fish.
On Thursday, Round Lakes plays Northridge Prep at 4, Grayslake North meets McHenry at 5:30, and Richmond plays Grant at 7.
“It was a small step forward. Our energy was better tonight than it was against Grayslake North [a loss last Saturday],” said Grant coach Wayne Bosworth. “We have to keep working hard and take care of some of the little things. There’s still a long way to go.”
Ryan Noda and Keion Miller each added 14 points for Grant on Wednesday, and Thomas Blanchette had 10. Noda also had 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals.
“I thought Steve Dunning did a heckuva job in the post tonight. He did a really nice job job in the second half looking for his teammates,” Bosworth said. “Our guys fed him the ball inside and he was able to kick it outside for open looks. That’s where a lot of our scoring came from in the second half.”
Grant led 34-22 at half and Round Lake never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
The Panthers got 15 points from Karnell Wright and eight from both Mateusz Lopez and Zack Pick. Round Lake played without freshman starter James Mobley, who sprained his ankle in a game last week.
“He’s a big loss, just in terms of the passion, energy and enthusiasm he brings,” said Round Lake coach Jim Roberts. “Our bunch just lacks that. We lack that passion and enthusiasm to compete.
“He’s also one of our primary ballhandlers with Karnell. When you struggle with turnovers like we do and take James out of the mix, we need some other guys to step up and take are of the ball.”