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Dundee-Crown's first-half surge dooms Cary-Grove

01/25/2013, 11:15pm CST
By Erik Jacobsenejacobsen@stmedianetwork.com

Dylan Kissack and Brandon Rodriguez led the way with 17 points apiece for Dundee-Crown, which held Cary-Grove to only 10 points in the first half en route to a 52-39 Fox Valley Valley win Friday.


Dylan Kissack

Dundee-Crown’s student fans were decked out in togas and ready to party Friday night.

The Chargers gave their boisterous followers plenty to celebrate right from the start as they dominated the first half against visiting Cary-Grove and cruised to a 52-39 Fox Valley Valley victory in Carpentersville.

Dylan Kissack and Brandon Rodriguez led Dundee-Crown (13-5, 4-2) with 17 points apiece. Kissack outscored the Trojans on his own in the first half when he tallied 13 points to help the Chargers open a 27-10 lead going into halftime.

“We definitely wanted to come out with a lot of intensity in the first quarter and start the game off well,” Kissack said. “We did pretty well on the defensive end and we got stops. I think that’s what set the tone at the beginning of the game.”

Cary-Grove (9-10, 1-5) never led, but it was locked in a 6-all tie until Deonta Conley scored for Dundee-Crown with 1:34 left in the first quarter. The basket started a 19-2 run for the Chargers as they grabbed a commanding 25-8 lead on Rodriguez’s bucket with 1:32 left in the first half.

“We’ve been practicing on what (Cary-Grove) likes to do and we just took it to them tonight,” Rodriguez said. “It was nothing special. They were in a zone because they couldn’t guard us in man, and that gave us open shots.”

Sophomore Jason Gregoire posted 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Trojans, who made only four shots in 21 attempts during the first half. They finished 15-for-50 (30 percent) from the field for the game.

Dundee-Crown led by as many as 23 points in the second half. Cary-Grove finally started making some shots in the fourth quarter and pulled within 11 in the final minute, but it was too little, too late.

“You’ve got to make shots,” Cary-Grove coach Ralph Schuetzle said. “It’s an easy game. Shooting is the No. 1 skill in the game, and we’re struggling in that area right now.”

The Chargers were without starting guard JT Beasley, who was battling an illness.

Jack Buckley stepped up in Beasley’s absence with several key hustle plays. The senior guard scored only two points, but he contributed six rebounds and three assists.

“Jack Buckley did a great job on the glass giving us tons of extra chances, and I thought he was the player of the game tonight,” Huber said. “He’s not the most skilled player, but he gets every ounce of talent out of his body.”

DUNDEE-CROWN 52, CARY-GROVE 39

Cary-Grove (9-10, 1-5)
Gregoire 6 0-1 14, Lee 2 2-2 6, May 2 0-0 5, Krich 2 0-0 5, Szydlo 2 0-0 4, Motzel 1 0-0 3, Razak 0 2-2 2. Totals 15 4-5 39.

Dundee-Crown (13-5, 4-2)
Kissack 7 2-3 17, Rodriguez 6 4-8 17, Conley 3 0-1 6, Parson 2 0-0 5, Pochop 1 0-0 3, J. Buckley 1 0-0 2, Crenshaw 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 6-12 52.

C-G      6      4      10     19     --     39 
D-C     13     14     13     12     --     52

Three-point goals -- C-G: 5 (Gregoire 2, May, Motzel, Krich). D-C: 4 (Pochop, Kissack, Parson, Rodriguez). Fouled out -- None.

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