Date: Feb. 23
Final Score: Lake Forest Academy 89, Croatian Junior National Team 73
LFA Star Performer: Charles Harris led the Caxys with 27 points.
Other Notable LFA Performers: In his final game as a Caxy, Rice-bound Dylan Ennis scores 26 points.
The Turning Point: Trailing midway through the second quarter, LFA switches to its half-court trap defense. The tactic creates turnovers that lead to easy transition buckets, and allows LFA to lead by five at halftime.
The Quote: Caxys Coach Matthew Vaughn on facing a European team. “It was a different experience playing a European team, who had a distinct style, but our guys were able to use their athleticism and speed in order to take control of the game.”
The Bottom Line: After finishing last season 17-7, the Caxys improve to 19-4. With the departure of Ennis and Jared Dimakos, the Caxys will need to fill two big voids. LFA started the season with six straight wins and closes with nine straight wins. “We had to endure a lot of different things throughout the season, and I was glad that we stuck together as a team and were able to continually get better as the season progressed," said coach Matt Vaughn. "A lot of different guys really improved and stepped up their game as the season went on.”