Rolling MEADOWS 46, WAUKEGAN 44
THE SKINNY: Playing in its own gym in the Class 4A regional quarterfinals, Rolling Meadows (13-15) overcame a poor start to knock off Waukegan (6-19) and earn a game against 25-3 Zion-Benton in Tuesday’s semifinals.
THE TURNING POINT: Waukegan was up 42-38 after a put-back by D’Andre Pope with 2:49 to play, but Meadows scored eight straight. Charlie Metzger’s two free throws with 1:41 left tied it, followed by Kramp scoring on a layup with 1:15 to play and on two free throws with 27 seconds left to make it 46-42. Jachai Taylor scored at the buzzer for Waukegan.
THE STAR: Pat Kramp delivered in crunch time for the Mustangs, scoring six points in the fourth quarter and 18 in the game.
BY THE NUMBERS: For the winners, Mat Dolan had 15 points and eight rebounds. Waukegan’s largest lead was 18-8. The Bulldogs went the final 5:31 of the second quarter without scoring, during which time their lead shrank from 20-11 to 29-19. Catoni Collins (13 points, 6 rebounds) and Taylor (11 points) led Waukegan.
QUOTABLE: “It’s going to take a big effort tomorrow night (against Zion-Benton). But we’re looking forward to it. We’d rather be playing than sitting in our gym watching somebody else play.” — Rolling Meadows coach Kevin Katovich