Final Score: (11) Deerfield 43
(2) Mundelein 50
Records: Deerfield (18-11) Mundelein (29-4)
Key Players: senior Jack Carney led all scorers with a career-high 24 points, topping his of 23 points, which he scored in the regional semifinal. Carney scored all 12 of Deerfield's points in the first quarter and went 4-of-7 from three. Senior Josh Schur added 12 points for the Warriors while senior Sam Sternberg chipped in three. Sophomore Robert Knar led the way for Mundelein, scoring 15 points. Senior Leavon Head scored 13 points and Ryan Sawvell chipped in nine points and 11 rebounds for the Mustangs. Senior Richard Knar and sophomore Sean O'Brien scored six and five points respectively.
Key Stats: Deerfield was unable to establish any inside presence against Mundelein's 6'8" Ryan Sawvell, who recorded four blocks in the game. As a result, they were forced to shoot 22 three pointers. Carney and Schur accounted for all six of their made threes. The Warriors also turned the ball over 14 times, compared to seven turnovers for Mundelein.
Key Runs: Deerfield started the game on a 12-4 run, thanks to 12 straight points from Carney to open the game. They led 14-4 early in the second quarter, but Mundelein finished the first half on an 18-6 run and took a 21-20 lead into halftime. A 6-1 Mustangs run to end the third quarter also gave them a nine point cushion heading into the fourth quarter.
Quote of the night: Deerfield Head Caoch Bret Just on Carney and the rest of his seniors - "You're going to be a pretty good coach and win a lot of games if you have a lot of Jack Carneys. And there won't be many in this program. He's going to be sorely missed. I could say the same for our other seniors. This was a class that was always told what they couldn't do because of their physical stature and limitations. But day-in and day-out they worked to try and prove the doubters wrong. And I think they did this year."
What's Next: Mundelein advances and will take on top-seeded Warren (28-3) Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the class 4A Barrington Sectional Championship game.
Highlights: For a complete recap of the game and post-game reaction from the Warriors, click on the video link above.