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South Elgin continued to reverse its fortunes at the Jacobs Holiday Classic on Thursday.
A day after snapping a 10-game losing streak, the Storm won its second straight with a 74-67 overtime victory over Cary-Grove. Ryne Lundy led the way with 24 points for South Elgin, including 10 points in the overtime period. Darius Wells, in his second game back after missing six games with a foot injury, added 18 points. Matt McClure chipped in 17 points.
“We just wanted to keep things rolling and get another win,” said Lundy. “I told the guys before the overtime that we have four minutes left to prove we are the better team and we went out and did it. We were able to break their press and initiate the offense and feed it into the post.”
The Storm (4-11) squandered an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter, but wasted no time regrouping in overtime. Lundy scored on a turnaround fade-away jumper in the lane the first time down the court to put South Elgin up 61-59.
After a pair of Cary-Grove free throws tied the game at 61-61, Wells put the Storm up for good 64-61 with his fourth three-pointer of the game.
Lundy scored on a baseline drive and a bucket in the post the next two times down the court. He added four free throws down the stretch to help close the deal.
“We were looking to go inside,” said South Elgin coach Chaz Taft. “They were in a 1-3-1 and we felt we could take advantage of our size.”
The Storm overcame a 29-19 second-quarter deficit. South Elgin scored the last six points of the first half to pull to within 29-25 at the break. The momentum carried over to the second half.
South Elgin shot 9-of-12 from the field in the third quarter and outscored Cary 24-15 to pull ahead 49-44. Wells scored 10 points in the period, including a pair of three-pointers.
“That third quarter was big for us,” said Taft. “We did a good job of sharing the basketball. The offense just came together.”
South Elgin finished 2-1 and in second place in pool play. It will play in the 4:30 Consolation Bracket A semifinal game on Friday.