The Elgin boys basketball team came out quickly against York Saturday.
They turned the Dukes opening possession into a turnover. Arie Williams picked up the steal, and Malik Parham-Dunner found Ryan Sitter for a fast-break layup.
The Maroons wouldnt get their next field goal until the first minute of the second quarter.
After Elgin held tough for a quarter and a half, the eventual result was York rolling to a 68-31 victory at Glenbard Easts When Sides Collide Shootout.
A lot of unforced turnovers, just silly things. We just didnt come ready to play, Elgin coach Mike Sitter said. Were not very big, were only going to get one shot off every time down the floor so we have to make sure we get a shot off, and half of the time we didnt. And the shots we did get, we didnt hit a lot.
Elgin (9-9) committed 24 turnovers, 13 during a first half in which the Dukes (15-4) finished with a 14-1 run for a 29-17 lead. York led by at least 14 points throughout the second half before collecting the final 20 points of the contest.
The Dukes rode the momentum of Fridays 61-52 victory at Oak Park-River Forest that put them into a tie for first in the West Suburban Silver.
To be honest, we havent played real well on Saturdays this year. When weve had letdowns, its been on the Saturday following a Friday (game), York coach Vince Doran said.
The game pitted two of the areas premier scorers, Colorado State-bound York senior David Cohn and Elgins uncommitted Williams.
Cohn finished with 16 points, including a 3-pointer and 3 baskets off his own steals, but Charlie Rose (two 3-pointers) and Justin Kurash also had 10 points apiece.
Williams had 10 points all in the second quarter as he was hounded by the Dukes 1-3-1 zone and man-to-man defenses. Reserve Desmond Sanders had 11 points, 9 in the second half, for the Maroons.
We just trapped (Williams) a lot, shaded toward him and made other people try to score, said Rose, one of the 1-3-1 wings.
I thought we started out a little sluggish, but to keep Williams at 10 points and hold him scoreless in the second half, thats a very good effort by our team defensively, Doran said. When I scouted him, he had 32 and I dont think he hit the rim. We really wanted to make other people shoot it.
Williams was 3-for-13 shooting, 2-for-8 from 3-point range. The rest of the Maroons were 8-for-29 with two 3-pointers.
(York is) a well-rounded team. They did a good job of eliminating our top scorer, but their secondary guys stepped up a lot better than ours did, Mike Sitter said. Weve faced that (style of) defense. We get open shots and other guys need to step up and hit those shots and they didnt do it tonight.