Stevenson sophomore Connor Cashaw reluctantly gave up an edge to highly recruited sophomore teammate Jalen Brunson on Friday.
Despite a slight height disadvantage, Brunson has done something his teammate hasn't accomplished this season — dunk.
"He's got me in that," Cashaw said after teaming with Brunson to score 37 points to pace No. 13 Stevenson to a 59-50 win over Lake Forest on Friday.
Stevenson, which was awarded the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A Waukegan Sectional, remains in prime position to wrap up the North Suburban Lake conference title after improving to 19-4, 8-2. Brunson scored a game-high 24 points and tallied six rebounds. Cashaw had 13 points and six boards.
Brunson's rub-the-rim dunk on a breakaway extended the Patriots' lead to 53-41 and capped a 6-for-9 shooting display to start the fourth quarter.
Brunson said he's dunked three times this season, but admitted he expects to get some grief from his father, Rick Brunson, over the dunk.
"I'll call that a dunk," Brunson said. "The only person who will give me crap is my dad, and he was the most unathletic NBA player ever seen."
The NSC Lake contest turned into a game of 7-0 runs in the opening 10 minutes. Stevenson started the trend, the Scouts matched it and Stevenson finished the pattern for a 21-14 lead.
The Scouts, who made two 3-pointers in the first quarter, reverted back to their season-long habit of struggling from the perimeter. Lake Forest's outside shooting woes neutralized the inside game of Evan Boudreaux (19 points) and Sam Downey (16 points).
The Scouts (15-7, 4-6) shot 18-for-42 from the field and didn't pull closer than five points in the final six minutes.
Player of the game: Jalen Brunson, Stevenson, 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals.
Key performers: Lake Forest — Evan Boudreaux, 19 points, 9 rebounds; Sam Downey, 16 points, 6 rebounds. Stevenson — Connor Cashaw, 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals; Matthew Morrissey, 10 points.