Boys basketball: Streamwood fights past South Elgin
By Erik Jacobsen firstname.lastname@example.org February 21, 2013 10:06PM
Updated: February 22, 2013 12:11AM
Despite enduring an up-and-down campaign, Streamwood can say with confidence it finished the regular season on a high note.
The Sabres picked up their third victory in four games Thursday when they went on the road and knocked off South Elgin 51-48 in the Upstate Eight crossover seventh-place game.
Senior center Zack Harris finished with 16 points and seven rebounds for Streamwood (11-18) while sophomore Cole Seger added 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half.
“We’re just clicking and playing well on both sides of the ball,” Harris said. “It’s the right time to peak.”
Neither team led by more than seven points throughout, but the Sabres grabbed the upper hand for good with a 10-2 run late in the third quarter. Seger was responsible for the last nine Streamwood points during the surge, and his basket with 1:44 left gave his team a 36-32 lead.
The Sabres maintained their upper hand in crunch time by pressuring the Storm’s young ballhandlers. South Elgin (5-22) committed eight turnovers in the fourth quarter and finished with 21 for the game while suffering its 10th straight loss.
“We had some bad turnovers down the stretch, and it was another game with 21 turnovers,” South Elgin coach Chaz Taft said. “We were getting some good stops, but then we’d throw it away.”
Senior Ryne Lundy led the Storm with 12 points. Freshman Matt Smith added 11 points, four steals and four assists and junior Matt McClure posted 10 points and six rebounds.
Jacob Siewert finished with seven points for Streamwood, and Joel Lightbourne had a pair of breakaway dunks while totaling six points and four steals. Trevious Norman also had four steals, all of which came in the fourth quarter.
Next up for the Sabres is a date with Elgin in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A South Elgin Regional on Monday. The Storm also opens postseason play Monday when it plays St. Charles North.
“We’re getting better at mixing up our defenses a little bit, and that’s what we’re going to have to do against Elgin,” Streamwood coach Tim Jones said. “The kids are working hard and we’re trying to give ourselves a chance for Monday.”