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Free throws help Lake Zurich win tight battle with Prospect

03/04/2014, 8:30pm CST
By Mark Perlman | For Sun-Times Media | @markdavidperlma

Lake Zurich's boys basketball team was 8-for-8 shooting from the free throw line in the final 50 seconds to hold off No. 10 Prospect 52-48 in a Class 4A Hersey Regional semifinal Tuesday.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Lake Zurich's boys basketball team was 8-for-8 shooting from the free throw line in the final 50 seconds to hold off No. 10 Prospect 52-48 in a Class 4A Hersey Regional semifinal Tuesday.

The victorious Bears (19-12) will face No. 2 Fremd for the regional championship Friday.

Lake Zurich led 37-36 after three quarters and 44-41 entering the final minute. Prospect (16-12) was forced to foul and unfortunately for the Knights, the Bears' Mike Travlos kept having the ball in his hands. The junior guard sank his team's final six free throws, giving him a game-high 27 points (8-of-16 on field goals).

"He's so athletic. It's a tough matchup," Lake Zurich coach Billy Pitcher said. "We wanted the ball in his hands, since he's such a great free throw shooter."

Travlos scored 14 points in the first quarter, including a three-point shot and three natural three-point plays on drives to the basket.

"I came out with a lot of confidence," Travlos said. "I really wanted to set the tone early, and I did that by attacking the basket."

Prospect junior guard Kyle Beyak nearly matched Travlos point-for-point, finishing with 26 on 10-of-15 shooting from the field, including four 3-pointers.

"Beyak had a great game," Pitcher said. "He just killed us. He was on fire."

The game was nip-and-tuck throughout, with Prospect's 8-3 lead the largest for either team through three quarters. Lake Zurich center Will McClaughry scored 13 points with nine rebounds. Bobby Frasco had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Knights.

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