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Mundelein's Diamond Hood (10) passes off from the floor during the second quarter of Saturday's game against Zion-Benton. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
If it were a movie, Robbie Knar’s first home game as a Mundelein Mustang in over a year would have ended with him hitting a game-winning shot.
Instead, reality bit for Mundelein, as Zion-Benton came all the way back from a 15-point second half deficit to defeat the Mustangs 78-73 Saturday night.
With the victory, the Zee-Bees (19-5, 9-3) keep pace with Stevenson in a tight race in the North Suburban-Lake. Zion-Benton sits one loss behind the Patriots, winning with a cardiac formula that has defined its season.
“We don’t want to do that, we don’t like it,” junior forward Milik Yarbrough said, who scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. “We just come out bad in games, people get up on us. We always have good third quarters.”
Saturday night, it was the fourth quarter where the Zee-Bees would make their charge. Down 63-48 late in the third quarter, they would finish the quarter on a 5-0 run. Zion-Benton started pounding the ball inside to Yarbrough. When he was double-teamed, junior Trenton Curry picked up his game, scoring a team-high nine points in the final period (16 for the game). When Curry scored in the post with 1:08 remaining, it capped a 26-10 run and gave the Zee-Bees a 74-73 lead. Senior guard Dorsey Cadette made 4-of-4 free throws down stretch to ice the game.
Mundelein (12-11, 5-5) played without star senior forward Sean O’Brien who sat out with a bad cold. Knar, who played 10 minutes as he makes his comeback from knee surgery, scored seven points. Senior guard Quinn Pokora led Mundelein with 23 points.
“It felt good to hear the applause,” Knar said. “Still looking for a win.”