Boys Basketball: Hot-shooting Glenbard East tops Naperville North
BY CHRIS PALL For Sun-Times Media February 8, 2013 10:38PM
Updated: February 9, 2013 4:40PM
With shooting as hot as the coals in a barbecue, Glenbard East pulled away from visiting Naperville North Friday night in a DuPage Valley matchup and claimed a 66-51 triumph.
Improving to 15-6 overall and 10-1 in the DVC, the Rams stay atop the conference while ending a six-game winning streak by the Huskies, who slipped to 16-7, 7-4.
The Huskies held a brief 16-15 advantage in the second stanza, but back to back three-pointers by Mike Kjeldsen propelled the Rams to a 21-16 lead at the 3:55 mark. Tahron Harvey added a basket when he drove to the hoop and the Rams never trailed again. Kjeldsen hit three long balls in the quarter and scored 11 in the period before finishing with 16 points. Harvey was masterful, distributing the ball after penetrating the Huskies defense.
“I always try to look for my teammates before I score,” said Harvey. “If I get a shot I’ll take it, but if my man is open like today I’ll give it up. With me it’s not about scoring, it’s about getting the W.”
That unselfishness rubbed off. The Rams perpetually moved the ball and found the open look. Glenbard East connected on 25-of-39 from the field for the game, including six of seven in the fourth frame. The Huskies shot 32 percent (16-of-50) from the floor.
While the Huskies missed a handful of easy shots, the Rams defense played a role. Forcing passes around the perimeter, the Rams kept Naperville North away from the basket. The Huskies misfired on 11-of-15 from beyond the arc.
‘We communicated on defense and worked all week in practice on help side,” Harvey said. “We were ready for help side and recovery.”
Harvey dished out six assists and netted 13 points. Marvin Grant-Clark led all scorers with 17 points and was the biggest benefactor of Harvey’s distribution. Jaron Hall added seven points and Greg Ludwig chipped in six points off the bench.
Bryan LoLordo led the Huskies with 15 points, and Derek Westman tallied 12 points and seven rebounds. The Rams held an 11-6 lead after one quarter and took a 28-22 margin into the intermission.
Five different Rams scored in the third quarter when they forged a 45-37 lead. Ludwig opened the final frame with a 15-footer and scored on an inbounds play before Harvey put in a pair of layups for a 53-40 margin.