The seventh-grade “whistle fest” was decided at the free throw line. A total of 33 fouls were called during the game, with the Bruins being whistled for 18. The Bruins went to the charity stripe nine times, compared to 25 free tosses by Karns with the Beavers converting 13. The Bruins held a slim 29-27 lead after three quarters but were unable to hold on.
Ty Beavers paced the Bruins with 14 points, while Silas Pippenger tossed in nine with John Brown adding eight. Pippenger led the Bruins on the boards by pulling down six rebounds.
The eight-grade Bruins jumped out to 15-5 lead at the end of the first period only to see the Beavers claw back and force a 19 all tie by halftime. Karns took a 28-23 lead after three quarters as the Bruins went cold from the floor. Lake Forest turned up the defensive pressure in the final period and held Karns to only two points .Kiran Allen made a steal and went the length of the floor for a bucket with 30 seconds left to secure the win. Rashad Marshall led the Bruins with eight points while Allen and Matthew Maynard each added six. Maynard grabbed a game high 10 rebounds while Tyrell Pitner paced the defense with six steals.
“I was proud of the effort we gave in the fourth quarter, We could have quit and gone home, but we fought back and earned the win,” said Coach Andrew Nipper.
Lake Forest runs it record to 10-4 with the win.