Boys basketball: East Aurora finds offensive rhythm
By Chris Walker For Sun-Times Media December 21, 2012 9:38PM
Updated: December 22, 2012 12:35AM
East Aurora has been long overdue for an offensive outburst.
On Friday night, the Tomcats finally delivered in a 69-57 victory over South Elgin in Upstate Eight Valley action in Aurora.
“That was just what we needed, a home game against an opponent down a couple starters,” East Aurora coach Wendell Jeffries said. “Sometimes those are the things you need to just get started.”
East Aurora (2-9, 1-5) found itself deadlocked with South Elgin (8-8) midway through the first quarter, but closed the first half by outscoring the Storm, 40-19 to take a comfortable 48-27 lead at halftime.
Attacking the basket and mixing things up with good shooting from beyond the arc paved the way for undoubtedly the best half of the season for the hosts.
“They went into a zone a bit, and we did a great job of moving the ball and getting the right people the ball,” East Aurora point guard DeJon Talbert said. “Everyone we got the ball to executed and made it easier for everyone else because of how (South Elgin) was collapsing.”
Jonathan Villezcas led the way for the Tomcats, receiving several nice passes from Talbert and others inside and scoring 18 points. Fred Reynolds added 14 points. KeJuan “Peetie” Davis drained a three shots from beyond the arc and finished with 11 points and Tyree Willis added 10.
“I thought we did a great job of sharing the ball in the first half and at the end of the first quarter we already were in the bonus,” Jeffries said. “We were attacking the basket, getting offensive boards and we did a nice job of getting inside with unselfish play.”
South Elgin (2-10, 0-5) hasn’t won since Nov. 21 and came into the game averaging just 32.2 points in its previous five contests. The Storm broke out a bit offensively but were plagued by foul trouble and couldn’t come up with enough defensive stops.
“We’ve got to do a better job defensively,” South Elgin coach Chaz Taft said. “And we can’t have 24 turnovers, that’s key.”
Devonte Cager, Brian Winse and Ryne Lundy all picked up three fouls in the first half making it difficult for the Storm to get in any rhythm. They received a great boost off the bench from Robert Grant who scored 18 points and gathered nine rebounds.
“Rob is getting better every game,” Taft said. “He’s getting better in practice and we just have to make sure we keep on him, but he’ll be fine. He’s learning every day.”
Matt McClure led the Storm with 19 points.