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Stevenson's Andrew Stempel (above) shoots over Warren's Arthell Rosquist (below) and James Betori (right) as Stevenson's Parker Nichols watches during their boys basketball game at Stevenson. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
The next time someone says that it’s not how you start, but how you finish, give them the play-by-play sheet from this game.
Host Stevenson led 16-0 after one quarter, 21-0 before allowing a point and 48-10 midway through the third period before finishing off a 63-31 victory over Warren in the North Suburban Lake.
With the win, No. 17 Stevenson (14-4, 5-2) avenged a December loss to the Blue Devils (11-9, 3-5) in Gurnee.
“We played really well in the first quarter,” Stevenson coach Pat Ambrose said. “We got our feet set and in the right place, and we were able to make them take some tough shots. Then, we rebounded really well. We only gave them one shot [per possession].
“We did some nice things on offense and built the lead slowly but surely.”
Actually, the lead was built rapidly as Warren missed its first 11 shots before Aarias Austin (seven points) hit a layup.
“I don’t think we expected a start exactly like that,” said Stevenson senior guard Andrew Stempel who had 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting (3-of-3 from downtown), “but we really wanted to get out there and get after them really quick. Zion and Warren beat us two months ago and we were upset about those losses. These have been two big revenge games for us [Stevenson beat Z-B last week].”
Connor Cashaw led Stevenson in scoring with 15 points. He added 10 rebounds and three steals. Dominic Cuevas added seven points for Warren.
Jalen Brunson had 11 points and seven assists, and Matt Morrissey had nine points and four assists for Stevenson.
Morrissey did not play in the earlier loss to Warren.
“All the credit goes to Stevenson. They outplayed us and outworked us,” said Warren coach Ryan Webber. “We have a team right now that needs to do some soul-searching. I’ve never had a team get beat that bad in eight years and it doesn’t sit well with me. I’m not a happy coach right now.
“I’ve never been beaten by 20. I certainly haven’t been beaten by 30. I’ve never been down by 40. They outplayed us and out-toughed us.”