Final Score: (6) Buffalo Grove 44 - (11) 54
Records: Buffalo Grove 16-10 Deerfield 17-10
Key Players: Deerfield senior Jack Carney netted a career high 23 points, shooting 8-for-13 from the field. He also grabbed 10 boards for the Warriors. Senior Josh Schur had 10 points and three assists while senior Sam Sternberg had six points, five assists and 11 rebounds. Senior Scott Fenton chipped in eight points and junior Mack Watts scored seven. Buffalo Grove was led by junior Rich Zirngibl with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Senior Jeff Zabrin also battled through a sprained ankle and scored 10 points and added two assists and three steals.
Key Stats: Buffalo Grove put up 63 shots but only connected on 18 of them. Deerfield was 20-for-39 shooting from the field. The Warriors also out-rebounded the Bison 37-30. Buffalo Grove also racked up 23 fouls and sent the Warriors to the free throw line 27 times.
Key Runs: After scoring 19 first quarter points, Buffalo Grove was held to just two points in the second quarter, when both Jeff Zabrin and Sam Wacker went down with injury. Deerfield outscored the Bison 7-2 in the second quarter to take a 24-21 lead into halftime. When Buffalo Grove cut the lead to three in the third quarter, the Warriors went on a 13-5 run to extend the lead back to 11.
Quotes of the night: Carney on his career night - "That's usually what happens. I'm only 6'2" and they put a 6'7" guy on me so they're usually not as quick as me. So we try to utilize matchups as much as we can."
Deerfield Head Coach Bret Just on Carney - "He's just a gutty player. It's not pretty and it's not a thing of beauty. But there aren't many guys around that can shoot threes, take it to the hole, rebound, and handle the ball a little bit. Even though he doesn't look like it, he can do all those things."
Highlights: Click on the video link above for a complete game recap and post game reaction from the Warriors