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York shook its recent Saturday struggles — in the process giving Elgin a case of the blues.
The Maroons shot just 25 percent from the floor (10 of 40) and committed 24 turnovers as York rolled to a 68-31 win at the Glenbard East Shootout in Lombard.
“We haven’t really played well in a few Saturday games this year, coming out really slow,” York senior guard Charlie Rose said. “We decided this was going to be our best Saturday game, come out strong and change it around this time.”
York (15-4) had one lapse as Elgin (9-9) rallied from an early 11-5 deficit to take a 16-15 lead on a three-pointer by Arie Williams with 5:30 left in the second quarter. But a 14-1 York run to end the half turned the tide for good, and the Dukes later closed the night on a 20-0 run.
David Cohn led York with 16 points, five steals and four assists. Rose and Justin Kurash added 10 points each as the Dukes shot 57 percent from the floor (24 of 42).
Desmond Sanders paced Elgin with 11 points and Eric Sedlack grabbed seven rebounds, while star Maroons guard Williams scored all 10 of his points in the second quarter.
“To hold Williams to 10 points and scoreless in the second half is a very good effort defensively,” York coach Vince Doran said. “He’s a kid when I scouted him who had 32 and I don’t think he even hit the rim. He can beat you by himself, so we wanted to make other people shoot it.”
Said Elgin coach Mike Sitter: “They did a good job of limiting our top scorer. And turnovers were big. We’re small so we’re only going to get one shot down the court, and on a lot of possessions tonight we didn’t even get a shot off at all because of turnovers. We’ve played like that once or twice this year, but that’s probably our worst game by far. It’s too bad to come all this way and not play very well.”
Coming off a key conference win Friday over Oak Park, York was determined to avoid a letdown in its latest Saturday test.
“Before the game, coach (Doran) stressed ‘no more of that Saturday stuff,’” Cohn said. “We had to come strong out of the gate, and we were mentally prepared. Our minds were in the right spot, and our transition game was working well for us. We got a lot of quick outlets, layups and fast break points.”
Frank Toohey added eight points and five rebounds for York, and Jack Heinle scored seven points.