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Harvest Christian junior Zach Alston (40) grabs a rebound during the game at Elgin Academy on Saturday, January 5, 2012. | Michael Jarecki ~ For Sun-Times Media
Harvest Christian extended its winning streak to eight games Saturday night as the Lions bested host Elgin Academy 57-41 in a nonconference matchup.
When the two teams met on Dec. 10, the Lions were just 2-5 on the season, but a dominant 69-42 win over the Hilltoppers seemingly jump-started their season, as they have not lost a game since.
This one was actually closer than the final score indicates for much of the contest as the two teams traded baskets most of the first half. The Lions (10-5) put together a 6-0 run to close out the second quarter, and that gave them their biggest lead of the game to that point at 28-18.
The Hilltoppers (2-7) didn’t roll over though, as they opened the second half with a 6-0 run of their own to pull things to 28-24.
The Lions took charge from there, closing out the third quarter with a 14-5 run to take a commanding 42-29 lead into the fourth quarter and they cruised to victory from there.
“They did a nice job of executing their offense to cut into the lead,” said Harvest Christian coach Jeff Boldog. “After those first couple minutes though we started to be more patient on offense and started playing better defense and that was the difference in the second half.
The Lions had a significant size advantage, with 6-foot-6 Dan Turpin and 6-foot-7 Jon Vislisel presenting a major challenge from a defensive standpoint for the Hilltoppers.
Vislisel still finished with a team-high 15 points and six rebounds, while Turpin chipped in nine points and nine rebounds. Stuart Wolff added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Lions, while Kyle Fritz chipped in 10 points.
For the Hilltoppers, Zach Bohenick scored a game-high 16 pointswith eight of them coming in the fourth quarter, as the senior post player provided a spark.
“We’re trying to get Zach to be more aggressive out there, and really trying to get everyone to be aggressive, look for their shots, and attack the basket,” said Robinson. “A lot of guys are coming along, so hopefully we continue to build off that.”
Nate Johnson added nine points on three three-pointers and pulled down nine rebounds for the Hilltoppers.