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O’Brien shakes off bug, leads Mundelein

01/24/2013, 10:30pm CST
By Bob Gosman

After falling ill right before halftime, Mundelein’s Sean O’Brien bounced back to score 26 points, leading the Mustangs to a 62-56 victory over Lake Forest in a North Suburban Lake matchup Thursday.

Lake Forest's Evan Boudreaux (left) and Mundelein's Cliff Dunigan go for a rebound. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

Sean O’Brien threw up his pre-game meal, then he threw down the Scouts.

The Mundelein swingman scored a game-high 26 points in leading Mundelein to a 62-56 victory over Lake Forest in a North Suburban Lake matchup Thursday.

Right before the half, the gym was abuzz not over O’Brien’s scoring but his hurling. The 6-foot-7 senior threw up all over the court, then finished on one of the Mustang bleacher rows.

“I didn’t really eat a good lunch so I was pretty hungry,” O’Brien said. “I had a lot of caesar chicken. Way too much. I felt a lot better.”

If O’Brien plays this well after every gluttonous pre-game meal, maybe he should do it more often. He was the best player on the floor for the Mustangs in a huge swing game in the NSC Lake.

A close game throughout, Mundelein (12-8, 4-3) pulled away midway through the fourth quarter. With the scored tied at 45-45, the Mustangs would score nine of their next 12 points at the foul line. Six of those free throws were made by senior Quinn Pokora, who drained four after one play with 3:28 remaining in the game and Mundelein ahead 47-45. He was fouled by Lake Forest junior forward Evan Boudreaux (17 points, eight rebounds), who in frustration for a previous non-call, was whistled for a technical foul when he bumped into Mustangs senior guard Dylan Delaquila going after a loose ball.

“I’ve never experienced that. I’ve never shot four free throws and no one there,” Pokora said. “It was just an awkward game all around so why not.”

When the dust settled, Mundelein led 51-45 and Lake Forest never recovered. The Mustangs made 14 of 21 free throws in the fourth quarter compared to the Scouts 4 of 6.

Seniors Carter Bass and Sam Downey each had 12 points for Lake Forest (13-4, 4-3).

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