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Elgin's Arie Williams (center) tries penetrate the defense of Geneva's Mike Trimble (left) and Pat McCaffrey on Thursday. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
Geneva coach Phil Ralston’s respect for Elgin basketball history, including current Maroons senior Arie Williams, was evident Thursday in Elgin.
Ralston’s Vikings held Williams to just 10 points, the key to Geneva’s 49-38 win over Elgin. According to Ralston, it’s a historic victory.
“The records are not complete, but to the best of my knowledge Geneva has not won at Elgin since Jan. 20, 1918,” Ralston said. “I’m sure there have been entire decades where we didn’t play. But that’s the last time I could find it in all the research I’ve been doing on the history of Geneva basketball.”
Geneva’s defensive scheme on Williams resembled a box-and-one, but Ralston denied that.
“It wasn’t a box-and-one, it’s a gimmick defense,” Ralston said. “I’m not going to lie, York gave us some ideas.”
Williams averages 24 points. York held him to just 10 points on Saturday.
Junior Chris Parrilli and sophomore Pace Temple shadowed Williams throughout the game.
“Every time he got it we were trapping him,” Geneva senior Mike Trimble said. “The focus was on not letting him get it.”
Parrilli and Temple did a fine job of that. Williams only had eight shot attempts in the game. When the teams played in December, he scored 31.
“It’s complete respect to what Arie is capable of doing,” Ralston said. “Earlier in the year he took us to overtime all by himself.”
Nate Navigato, a 6-6 sophomore, was the offensive star for the Vikings (15-4, 6-2 Upstate Eight River), finishing with 22 points and four rebounds. He scored the majority of his points in the post, but also made both threes he shot.
“Inside and out, he can score in a lot of ways,” Ralston said. “He’s very versatile. We just need some other guys to step up.”
Trimble added 10 points and six rebounds for Geneva and Connor Chapman and Parrilli each scored six.
Tanner Bednar led Elgin (9-10, 1-6) with 23 points and five rebounds and junior Isaiah Butler added nine.