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Lake Zurich 1/11/13 Lake Forest High School varsity basketball player, Evan Bourdreaux (12), shoots the ball during a game at Lake Zurich High School on Friday, January 11, 2013. | Ruthie Hauge~Sun-Times Media
It had been 13 days since Lake Forest last played a boys basketball game.
After committing five early turnovers against Lake Zurich Friday, the Scouts quickly scrubbed away any rust, drilling the Bears 59-44 in a North Suburban Lake game.
For the first time since a Dec. 18 loss to Stevenson, Lake Forest (10-3, 3-3) had sophomore big man Evan Boudreaux in action. It made a huge difference as, teamed with 6-foot-9 senior center Sam Downey, the 6-7 Boudreaux was unstoppable.
The dynamic duo combined for 43 points (Boudreaux 22, Downey 21) and 14 rebounds, both snagging seven boards.
“Sam and I have games that compliment each other really well,” Boudreaux said. “He moved really well without the ball and he’s also a good passer. He’s going to find me when I’m open and I’m definitely going to give the ball to him when he’s open.”
Boudreaux showed no ill effects of a right ankle sprain suffered last month. He was active around the basket, even dishing out three assists. The Scouts were ahead 23-18 at the break, but a 15-3 run to start the third quarter put the game out of reach.
Downey and Boudreaux combined for 12 points during the stretch, which gave Lake Forest a 38-21 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
“We knew they were going to post up a lot, we just didn’t execute the game plan,” Lake Zurich senior guard John Repplinger said. “Tonight it was our defense. Next time we play them we’ll know how to defend the post.”
Lake Zurich (8-10, 2-5), which had won three of its last four, managed no offensive rebounds. Senior Brad Kruse and sophomore Mike Travlos each had 11 points.