LAKE ZURICH – Cary-Grove got its usual big-time contributions from stars Beau Frericks and Frank Jakubicek before junior Ryan Weaver provided the final push to get past Glenbrook South.
Weaver’s second 3-pointer of the fourth quarter gave the Trojans the lead for good with 2:17 remaining.
The 6-foot-2 forward later delivered an assist under pressure to set up Frank Jakubicek for a dunk that ultimately was the difference as C-G edged South, 66-65, in the Lake Zurich Martin Luther King Tournament championship Monday.
“(Weaver) is not scared of that moment,” Trojans coach Adam McCloud said. “He’s one of the best players in our league. He just keeps getting better. That’s the kind of shooting we need to be a great team. Teams are going to work so hard to guard Frank and Beau, to get contributions like that from Ryan is huge.”
Frericks led the Trojans (18-2) with 23 points and hit four 3s. Jakubicek scored 20 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. And Weaver helped seal the deal in a game that C-G led for only 2:00 before his last basket.
“We trust in each other to put the ball in each others’ hands when we have an open shot,” Weaver said. “For me, it was just in my hands and I had an open shot and took it. I know anyone else on this team would have taken the exact same shot.”
South (17-3) fell behind after Frericks hit a 3 with 5:15 to go, but quickly jumped back ahead, 61-55.
“We were right there the whole game,” Frericks said. “We just had to string along a couple scores and stops.”
With C-G leading, 62-61, Jakubicek added two free throws, then South’s Dom Martinelli, made a pair of free throws with 1:02 remaining, making it 64-63. Weaver brought the ball up the floor under man-to-man pressure, knowing what was coming when he reached the frontcourt.
“I could sense they were going to trap when I got past halfcourt,” Weaver said. “I went to my strong left-hand side. Frank’s guy slid over and I saw Frank open and had to give him a good bounce pass.”
Jakubicek dribbled once and threw down a two-handed dunk for a 66-63 lead.
“I was trying to call timeout, so I’m glad they didn’t hear me,” McCloud said. “(Weaver) did a great job.”
Martinelli's free throws with 25 seconds left made it 66-65. Weaver missed a 1-and-1 free-throw shot, but the Trojans defended Martinelli’s drive to the basket well and Clark Cunningham corraled the rebound. Cunningham missed his free throw and Martinelli rebounded with 5.6 seconds remaining.
Martinelli's 3 from about 27 feet bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer.
“They just hit some tough shots,” Titans coach Phil Ralston said. “This will make us stronger. We feel like we gave this one away a little bit. Usually when we have a four-point lead with 3:30 to go, that’s a game we can close out.”
Star of the Game
Cary-Grove, jr., F
Weaver scored 15 points and hit two 3-pointers in the last 3:58 to help the Trojans come back and beat Glenbrook South.
The Trojans are tied for the fifth-most wins in school history with 11 regular-season games remaining.
AND ANOTHER THING...
C-G guard Beau Frericks (NCAA Division II Lewis) and Glenbrook South forward Dom Martinelli (undecided), the top two scorers in the game, worked out over the summer together at Pure Sweat in Crystal Lake.
Cary-Grove 66, Glenbrook South 65
GLENBROOK SOUTH (65)
Boyd 5 2-2 12, Pauletto 1 0-0 2, Noard 8 3-3 22, Leszynski 1 2-2 4, D. Martinelli 4 15-17 24, Fink 1 0-0 2, N. Matrinelli 0 0-0 0, Rosenberger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 22-24 65.
Cunningham 1 1-3 3, Frericks 7 5-6 23, Jakubicek 8 4-4 20, Weaver 5 1-3 15, Szydlo 0 0-0 0, Clarke 0 0-0 0, Beaugureau 0 1-2 1, Sepeczi 1 2-3 4. Totals: 22 14-21 66.
Glenbrook S. 21 20 12 12 – 65
Cary-Grove 14 24 12 16 – 66
3-point goals: Cary-Grove 8 (Frericks 4, Weaver 4), Glenbrook South 3 (Noard 3). Total fouls: Cary-Grove 19, Glenbrook South 17. Fouled out: Boyd, Szydlo.