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Larkin Ruffs up Streamwood

01/18/2013, 10:00pm CST
By Gene Chamberlain

Quentin Ruff hit six three-pointers and scored 20 points as his Larkin squad cruised to an 87-49 win over Streamwood on Friday night.

Larkin's Kendale McCullum (right) reaches for a steal from Streamwood's Trevious Norman on Friday in Elgin. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media

Larkin’s Quentin Ruff has had three-point fever much of the season, and Friday night the whole team caught it.

Larkin hit 13 three-pointers and Ruff had six in his 20-point effort to help the Royals avenge their only Upstate Eight River defeat in impressive style with an 87-49 victory over Streamwood.

“Someone goes it’s like a contagion or something,” Ruff said. “It just carries over to the rest of the team.”

Ruff hit three treys in the first quarter and was 6-of-8 from beyond the arc for the game. Larkin was 13-of-23 from outside the three-point line as Taylor Boley made three triples, Hannibal Marshall two, and Quantice Hunter (14 points) and Derrick Streety (11 points) one each.

However, it was Ruff who came out and hit treys on Larkin’s first two possessions and the Royals never trailed. He hit three in the first quarter and Streety one as the Royals jetted out to an 18-7 lead, then gradually padded it from there.

“It all started at practice, how hard we’ve been competing,” Ruff said. “It really carried over. After my first shot everything just felt good.”

Coach Deryn Carter saw an effort like this coming from the whole team based on those practices, but especially with Ruff.

“He shot it well,” Carter said. “I may talk to him about spending the night in the gym because he’s going to need to do it again tomorrow night for us to have some success (against Geneva).”

Down 37-21 at halftime, Streamwood (6-12, 1-6) couldn’t shave the deficit much as the Royals (16-2, 6-1) hit five more treys in the third quarter. They outscored the Sabres 29-19 on 11-of-21 shooting from the field. Reserve Hannibal Marshall finished with all 12 of his points in the fourth quarrter as the Royals hit three more treys.

Streamwood coach Tim Jones put blame on two other areas besides the three-point shooting of Larkin for his team’s quick demise.

“I told the guys in order for us to stay close, you’ve got to rebound the ball on the first shot — we didn’t do that,” he said. “The second thing is we’ve got to take care of the basketball — we didn’t do that either.”

Larkin outrebounded Streamwood 24-13 in the first half and the Sabres were hurt by 10 first-half turnovers.

Streamwood had 14 points from Joel Lightbourne and 10 from Cole Seger.

The win was Larkin’s 11th straight, but there was little or no gloating on the Royals’ part about routing the team that beat them in their UEC River opener Nov. 27.

“Honestly, we talked about it not being revenge and it being still about us going through the process of trying to get better and needing 32 minutes tonight to work on some things and come out a better basketball team,” Carter said. “I really thought our guys, when you look back at it now, took heed to that.”


Streamwood (6-12, 1-6)
Trevious Norman 1 0-0 2, Jacob Siewert 1 0-0 2, Joel Lightbourne 6 2-4 14, Zach Harris 3 0-0 7, Cole Seger 5 0-0 10, Kyle Strong 3 0-0 7, Antonio Harris 2 1-2 5, D.J. Flynn 0 2-3 2. Totals 21 5-9 49.

Larkin (16-2, 6-1) 
Kendale McCullum 2 3-3 7, Drew Jones 1 1-2 3, Quantice Hunter 5 1-1 12, Quentin Ruff 7 0-0 20, Brayden Royse 3 0-0 6, Derrick Streety 5 0-0 11, Taylor Boley 3 0-0 9, Daniel McFadden 1 2-2 4, Hannibal Marshall 4 2-2 12, Tyler Kalusa 1 0-0 2, Alex Feliciano 0 1-2 1. Totals 32 10-12 87.

Streamwood   7      14     19     8      --     49
Larkin           18     19     29     21     --     87

Three-point field goals: Streamwood (2) -- Z. Harris 1, Strong 1. Larkin (13) -- Ruff 6, Hunter 1, Boley 3, Streety 1, Marshall 2.

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