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Davis, Waukegan upend Glenbrook South

01/18/2013, 11:00pm CST
By Jonah Rosenblum

Senior guard Quintin Davis scored a game-high 22 points, and senior forward Devonte Taylor added 19 as Waukegan raced past Glenbrook South 62-47 Friday in a Central Suburban South.

Quintin Davis (left) Waukegan and Ose Ilenikhena GBS scramble for the loose ball. Waukegan at Glenbrook South boys basketball. | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media

Waukegan huffed and it puffed and it blew the whole Titan Dome down on Friday night, downing Glenbrook South, 62-47, to move two games ahead of the Titans in the Central Suburban League South Division.

The Titans (10-8, 2-4) led by four points at the half, but the Bulldogs (10-7, 4-2) stole the show in the third quarter, outscoring Glenbrook South 19-6. Senior guard Quintin Davis was dominant around the basket for Waukegan, manuevering around the hoop with ease for a wide variety of reverse layups and bank shots. His partner-in-crime, senior forward Devonte Taylor, sealed the momentum in the Bulldogs' favor with a fourth-quarter dunk that made clear which team Friday's game belonged to. Quintin Davis notched a game-high 22 points while Taylor finished right behind him with 19 points.

Davis and Taylor went to work right away in the third quarter with a layup and a right-handed flick into the basket to tie the score at 31. After senior forward Justin Busiel regained the lead for the Titans with a floater, Davis knocked down a three-pointer to give the Bulldogs a lead they would never relinquish.

Waukegan was just getting started in the post, however. Leading 34-33, senior guard Jordan Johnson missed a three-pointer, but junior forward Jerome Davis was there for the putback. Shortly thereafter, Quintin Davis deftly slipped under the basket for a lefty layup. The Bulldogs' hustle and grit was best summarized by a sequence of plays with Waukegan already clinging to a 38-33 lead.

Following a Bulldogs' miss, the Titans appeared to have the rebound, but Waukegan pried the ball loose, setting up a floater for Quintin Davis. Davis missed the floater, but again, Waukegan's active hands allowed it to tip the ball out to keep its possession alive. Though the Bulldogs would get just one point out of the possession, it was an apt summary of the night.

Taylor ultimately extended Waukegan's lead to eight with a hook shot, and Johnson capped the quarter with a long jumper from just inside the arc, sprawling to the ground as his shot swished through the net. It was that kind of quarter for Waukegan, which held a 46-37 lead after Johnson's remarkable shot.

All along, Waukegan's bench loudly cheered each offensive rebound and each Bulldogs' triumph around the basket. The Bulldogs ultimately were a little too fired up, as Jerome Davis earned a technical foul for hanging on the rim after his dunk attempt bounced out. It appeared that Davis was holding onto the rim with one hand while attempting to reclaim possession of the ball with his other hand, thus earning the technical.

Taylor made sure the Titan Dome would get its aerial display, however, flying high for a dunk that put Waukegan up 52-38.

"When they hit a couple of shots, that was enough for them to get a lot of momentum," Glenbrook South coach Ben Widner said. "They hit a couple of jump shots there and we got cold and if you have a team like that with quickness and speed and that much momentum, they took it and ran."

Busiel led the way for the Titans with 14 points while junior center Conor McCarthy's seven points in the second quarter allowed Glenbrook South to carry a lead into the locker room. Busiel went ice cold in the second half, however, as several of his outside shots rolled in and out of the basket. He finished with just three points in the second half, while McCarthy was held off of the scoreboard entirely. The Titans also failed to put pressure on the Bulldogs' defense, not drawing a foul for the first seven minutes of Friday's contest.

"We have to learn from it," Widner said. "Part of the message was we want it, but it has to happen on the floor too. You can't just say you want to rebound or box out or get a loose ball."

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