By Bryan Bonato
Mundelein improved to 6-0 on the season, racing past visiting Lake Forest 67-56 on Friday in a North Suburban Lake opener.Junior guard Robert Knar scored 19 points (9-of-16 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range) and had 10 assists for the winners, who face Lake Zurich on Tuesday and then will host Warren next Friday.Sean OBrien (12 points, nine rebounds, three steals) and Chino Ebube (10 points, four blocks) also played well for the winners.Lake Forest (3-2) got 19 points from Thomas Durrett and 12 points off the bench from Ben Simpson.Scout standouts John Hayes (four points) and Carter Bass (six points) were shut down, but freshman center Evan Boudreau had three points and 10 rebounds.Its a big win for us, said OBrien. Losing Ryan (Sawvell, the teams best player last year who is now playing at Evansville), nobody really knew how wed be. Thats a good team we beat tonight.I thought we played really hard and we set a good tone for the rest of the conference season.Mundeleins coach, Richard Knar, praised the play of OBrien and his son Robert.I thought Robert did his best job of the year finding other people and getting into the lane, the coach said. He wasnt just relying on jump shots.Sean did a really nice job all-around, defensively and rebounding. Those two guys did a nice job calming things down down the stretch.Lake Forest got within 40-34 in the third quarter, but Knar had the next seven points as part of a 13-2 run that sealed the deal.We didnt stick to our game plan, said Scouts coach Phil LaScala. Give Mundelein credit. They do a good job getting you out of it.They play at a really fast pace and they get you to hurry. We got impatient and they took advantage of it.Lake Forest will face Carmel (1-3) on Saturday in Mundelein.
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Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?
According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.
McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011).
Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014.
In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.
For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs.
“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.
"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”