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Elgin's Arie Williams (right) and DeKalb's Jake Smith battle for a loose ball during the second quarter Tuesday. | Michael R. Schmidt ~ For Sun-Times Media
Arie Williams posted a healthy stat line as usual Tuesday, but just about everybody else on Elgin’s roster got in the act as well for a change.
The Maroons had 11 players enter the scoring column as they pulverized visiting DeKalb in the second half on their way to a 78-40 nonconference win at Chesbrough Field House. The outcome marks the highest point total and largest margin of victory this season for Elgin (11-11).
Williams sank four three-pointers and finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists. The Maroons outscored the Barbs 42-14 in the second half, forced 26 DeKalb turnovers for the game and committed only three turnovers themselves in the final two quarters after totaling 14 in the first half.
“We had a lot of miscues and were passing the ball into the bleachers (in the first half),” Williams said. “But once we cleaned it up we played some really good basketball.”
Williams’ scoring output gives him 1,194 points for his four-year varsity career, leaving him only eight points away from passing Marcus Smallwood for sixth on Elgin’s list of all-time leading scorers.
While Williams continues to climb Elgin’s career statistical charts, his teammates are also becoming more comfortable making plays. The Maroons shot 29-for-54 (53.7 percent) from the field against DeKalb (4-20) as they consistently created easy looks at the basket.
Isaiah Butler came off the bench to score 13 for Elgin, and Eric Sedlack added 10 points and five rebounds. Other key contributors included Ryan Sitter (seven points, five rebounds, four steals) and Tanner Bednar (seven points, five steals, four rebounds).
“Teams have been playing more zone against us and taking the ball out of Arie’s hands, so we’ve really made a point of spreading the ball and making sure everybody steps up as a playmaker,” Sitter said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean shooting more, but being more aggressive than we were early in the year when we were all kind of looking to dish it back.”
The Maroons used a 22-4 run in the third quarter to turn an eight-point lead into a commanding 58-32 advantage going into the fourth quarter. Elgin forced 17 Barbs turnovers during the second and third quarters.
Rudy Lopez and Jake Smith led the way for DeKalb with 10 points apiece. The Barbs had a decided height advantage with three players 6-foot-5 or taller, but they were outrebounded 31-26.
“I think that’s the first game all year we picked up pressure full court,” Elgin coach Mike Sitter said. “(DeKalb is) so big and they have three good post players. If you let them set up in the halfcourt they’re going to just dump it down and pound you to death on the block. So we really didn’t want to let them into their sets, and the guys did a nice job and it got better as the game went along.”
ELGIN 78, DEKALB 40
Lopez 4 0-0 10, Smith 5 0-0 10, Aves 0 4-4 4, Harris 2 0-2 4, Ottum 2 0-0 4, Fagerstrom 2 0-0 4, Love 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 4-6 40.
Williams 6 3-4 19, Butler 5 3-3 13, Sedlack 4 2-3 10, Sitter 3 1-3 7, Bednar 3 1-2 7, Dunner 2 2-4 6, Moore 2 0-0 5, Sanders 2 0-0 4, Harper 1 0-0 3, Mari 0 2-4 2, Gibson 1 0-0 2. Totals 29 14-23 78.
DeKalb 11 15 6 8 -- 60
Elgin 19 17 22 20 -- 78
Three-point goals -- DeKalb: 2 (Lopez 2). Elgin 6: (Williams 4, Moore, Harper). Fouled out -- None.