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Glenbard West (21) Dikiria Washington shoots while guardd by York (20) Charlie Rose in first half action.Glenbard West plays York in a boys varsity game at Glenbard West at Crescent in Glen Ellyn, IL on Friday evening 12-14-12.|Judy Fidkowski~for Sun-Ti
York’s success is usually dependent on starting point guard and four-year varsity player David Cohn. But while Cohn struggled to hit shots, his teammates picked up the slack as the No. 11 Dukes earned a 60-48 victory over host Glenbard West in Friday’s West Suburban Silver clash.
Cohn, a Colorado State signee, was held scoreless in the first half amid the foul problems that plagued both teams during a sloppy first half. But York held a 28-20 halftime lead after a strong start from junior forward Frank Toohey.
Toohey put up 12 points and seven rebounds while playing aggressively in the first half on his way to a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds.
“We knew we had an advantage on them inside so we wanted to try to force the ball in there early and make plays,” Toohey said.
The Dukes (7-1, 3-0) took possession of the West Suburban Silver lead from previously unbeaten Glenbard West (6-1, 2-1) as they led the entire game after an early 3-3 tie.
Toohey carried the York offense in the first half, but his running mate in the front court, senior Justin Kurash, steadily contributed inside throughout the game on his way to 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Cohn finally got in the scoring column in the second half, finishing with nine points, and helping to ice the game by going 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
“David will be the first to tell you that this isn’t a one-man team,” York coach Vince Doran said. “I told these guys during the week that we have other good players on this team and they stepped up and made plays.”
Glenbard West was led by the lefty guard trio of Dikiria Washington, Corey Davis and sophomore Keith Hayes, as they each finished with 11 points.
Hayes, a highly-touted transfer and Class 7A All-State performer from Arkansas, was held without a field goal in the first half as York’s defense worked to make things difficult on him. The Dukes held Hayes to 3-for-12 shooting from the field.
“We knew that (Hayes) could score so we tried to make it tough for him,” Toohey said. “We tried to send multiple guys at him and we had a great effort to try to stop him.”