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Lake Zurich, 02/25/13 Lake Zurich's John Repplinger drives in for the lay up over Libertyville's Jack Lipp during their regional game in Lake Zurich February 25, 2013. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times
It was the type of game one might expect from two teams as familiar with each other as Lake Zurich and Libertyville.
In an intense battle that saw the Wildcats rally from a 12-point deficit in the second half, the regional host Bears ultimately held on to defeat Libertyville 70-65 and advance to the semifinals.
“I’m not ready to be done playing high school sports yet,” Lake Zurich senior John Repplinger said. “I just decided to come out and make sure we didn’t end our season tonight.”
Repplinger’s fourth quarter performance backed up his words. When Wildcats junior Jack Lipp nailed a three-point shot at the end of the third quarter, Libertyville led 48-47, erasing a 40-28 deficit.
At the start of the fourth, Lake Zurich began to break down Libertyville’s press, finding open shooters and filling lanes. Repplinger scored five points during the Bears' timely 11-5 run, his three-pointer giving them a 58-53 lead with 2:38 left. Lake Zurich would make 8-of-12 foul shots down the stretch to ward off the pesky Wildcats, who got 26 points from Lipp, including 14 in the third quarter when Libertyville took the lead.
“It was a good North Suburban game, tough to play those guys for a third time on their floor,” Libertyville coach Scott Bogumil. “To go into the last minute of a state playoff game with a chance it shows a lot about our character.”
Lake Zurich (15-15) won all three meetings against Libertyville (6-22) this season. Repplinger paced the Bears with 19 points. Sophomore Mike Travlos added 16 while sophomore Will McLaughry had 12 points.
Libertyville's Drew Cayce scored 12 points.
The Bears face Mundelein Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., the winner advancing to the regional championship game.
In the first regional quarterfinal game, Hersey’s inside strength won out over Buffalo Grove’s perimeter shooting, as the Huskies nipped the Bison 66-59.
Junior forward Mike Fuerst finished with 15 points for Hersey. The Huskies (12-15) advance to play Lake Forest Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
Luke Potnick scored 19 points for Buffalo Grove (15-12).
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