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Highland Park's Brandon Krawitz (35) attempts to block the shot of St. Viator's Ore Arogundade (23) during the first quarter of a IHSA Regional game at Warren High School in Gurnee Wednesday, February 27, 2013. | Josh Peckler ~ For Sun-Times Media
Highland Park had heart and hustle, but St. Viator had Ore Arogundade.
The versatile junior guard poured in a game-high 28 points as the Lions topped the Giants 67-56 in the Class 4A Warren Regional semifinal Wednesday night.
In a game that was rescheduled due to the snow storm on Tuesday, Arogundade absolutely shredded the Highland Park defense. He scored from everywhere on the court and dominated the loose balls that swung momentum in St. Viator’s favor all game long.
“He played really well tonight,” Highland Park sophomore guard David Sachs said. “We tried to close long, and he would just shot face and one dribble pull-up. We did what we could.”
Sachs contributed 10 points, while senior forward Brandon Krawitz had a team-high 11 for the Giants, who threatened the talented Lions more than once. The lead for St. Viator’s was only two after the first quarter, and it saw its 11-point halftime lead dwindle to three midway through the third.
“We made it so they had to play well to beat us, and they did,” Highland Park coach Paul Harris said. “That’s a sign of a really good team. We had a great run in the third quarter, and they kind of took our hit and bounced right back and finished the quarter strong to stomp out any momentum we had gathered.”
The difference was Arogundade, who proved to be unstoppable in a game when Highland Park desperately needed key defensive stops. The Lions will now take on the winner of host Warren and Barrington on Friday night.