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Elgin's Arie Williams (right) fouls Bartlett's Lance Whitaker during the fourth quarter Thursday. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
When Bartlett’s Jon Moss sank a three-pointer 12 seconds into Thursday’s game at Elgin, it set the tone for the rest of the night.
Not only did the trey give the Hawks a lead they never relinquished, but it was also the first of 10 three-pointers for Bartlett, which shot its way to a 67-53 Upstate Eight crossover victory against the Maroons at Chesbrough Field House.
Moss connected on five of the long balls and finished with a team-high 22 points. Illinois-Chicago recruit Lance Whitaker added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who fended off several Elgin comeback attempts before pulling away down the stretch.
“We wanted to come out aggressive,” Moss said. “We were coming off two losses so we just wanted to get back in a rhythm and get into the season.”
Bartlett (3-2) scored the game’s first nine points and enjoyed 12-2 lead midway through the first quarter, but the Maroons managed to claw back within one at 19-18 on an Arie Williams three-pointer with 5:42 left in the second quarter.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Hawks started the third quarter on an 11-3 run to pull ahead 40-26, only to see Elgin (3-2) battle back to within 44-41 on an Isaiah Butler trey with 12 seconds left in the period.
The Maroons would come no closer, though, as Moss answered with a three-pointer in transition as time expired in the third to make it 47-41. The shot seemed to swing momentum back to the Hawks for good as they ripped off a 15-5 run during the fourth quarter to take a commanding 62-48 lead.
“Jon can shoot lights out,” Bartlett coach Jim Wolfsmith said. “When you add that to what Lance can do on the floor and what Marcus (Aluquin) is capable of doing, we’ve got three bona fide guard scorers.”
Billy Kramer chipped in with seven points and 11 rebounds for Bartlett, which enjoyed a sizeable advantage on the glass.
Elgin’s Williams matched Moss with five three-pointers and finished with a game-high 24 points. Butler added 12 points for the Maroons, who were a woeful 4-for-17 at the free-throw line.
“We had a lot of mental breakdowns like not knowing who to guard defensively for a possession,” Elgin coach Mike Sitter said. “Rebounding and free throws killed us. I think that’s the worst we’ve ever shot free throws, and we were on our home rims.”
BARTLETT 67, ELGIN 53
Moss 6 5-6 22, Whitaker 6 4-6 17, Kramer 2 2-4 7, Aluquin 1 3-4 6, Busch 2 1-2 5, Reid 2 0-0 5, Wantroba 1 0-0 3, McKeague 1 0-0 2, Blanchett 0 0-1 0. Totals 21 15-23 67.
Williams 9 1-3 24, Butler 5 0-2 12, Dunner 3 1-5 7, Bednar 2 0-1 4, Sedlack 1 2-2 4, Sitter 1 0-2 2, Mari 0 0-2 0. Totals 21 4-17 53.
Bartlett 14 15 18 20 -- 67
Elgin 11 12 18 12 -- 53
Three-point goals – Bartlett (10): Moss 5, Aluquin, Wantroba, Kramer, Reid, Whitaker. Elgin (7): Williams 5, Butler 2. Fouled out – Bartlett: None. Elgin: Williams.