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Schaumburg’s offense was stagnant against Fremd on Friday night.
The Saxons had just 11 points in the first half and desperately needed a spark.
Kyle Bolger rode to the rescue. The 6-1 senior guard scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the second half to rally Schaumburg to a 45-24 Mid-Suburban West home win.
“We came out kind of flat in the first half,” Bolger said. “We wanted to pick up the intensity so we could execute a lot better and that’s what we did.”
Fremd (16-8, 5-4) scored the game’s first points on a field goal by Riley Glassmann but Schaumburg (15-9, 7-2) went on an 8-0 run sparked by a three-pointer from Jimmy Lundquist (nine points). The Vikings responded with a 9-1 run, kick-started by a trey from Sean Benka (seven points) to take an 11-9 lead into the second quarter.
Both teams struggled offensively in the second quarter as they combined to shoot 1-for-13 from the floor. Fremd led 14-11 at halftime thanks to three free throws in the period by Glassmann.
Benka knocked down a three-pointer thirty seconds into the third quarter to push the Vikings’ lead to 17-11. That’s when Schaumburg’s offense finally woke up. Kyle Bolger’s field goal and two old fashioned three-point plays helped the Saxons go on a 14-2 run to close the quarter and take a 25-19 lead into the fourth.
“At halftime we came in and talked about (how) we were shooting too many three’s and we were obviously off,” Bolger said. “We wanted to make sure we came out and attacked the basket.”
It was all Schaumburg in the fourth quarter. The Saxons started the quarter with a 10-1 run and Fremd didn’t get a field goal until there was 2:24 left to play.
“We weren’t hitting our open shots,” said Glassmann, who had a team-high 11 points. “You saw the way we played defense in the first half, letting them score just 11 points. (Giving up) 34 points in the second half isn’t going to get it done.”