North Chicago cruises in home opener

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THE SKINNY: Playing at home for the first time and playing for the first time since a disappointing 80-77 loss to Proviso East, North Chicago (4-1) had no trouble beating Antioch (1-5) 114-62 in a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division game.

TURNING POINT: After Antioch closed to within 15-9, North Chicago scored the last 14 points of the first quarter and the first 5 of the second to build a 34-9 lead that reached 61-33 by halftime.

THE STAR: JayQuan McCloud came into the game averaging 29 points a game, so his average went down with his game-high 25 points in limited playing time.

BY THE NUMBERS: North Chicago was 43-of-72 from the field and led by 29-9, 61-33 and 85-49 at the quarter breaks. Big Kurt Hall had 20 points, Jay Amos Mays 18 and Jamero Shelton 14. Antioch shot 18-of-43 from the field. Anthony Marsilio and Hamza Addellatif each scored 11 points. Antioch had 20 turnovers to 9 for North Chicago.

QUOTABLE: “We’re trying to prepare to go to the next level. We won the game, but it wasn’t the kid of win we want. We didn’t run a controlled fastbreak, we didn’t do a good job boxing out, and we did a lot of cherry-picking.” — Warhawks coach King Coleman

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