The Dundee-Crown Chargers never knew what hit them.
Trailing Crystal Lake Central 10-7 with 3:44 left in the first quarter, the Tigers outscored D-C 17-0 during nearly a 9-minute span in posting a 61-45 Fox Valley Conference crossover boys basketball win in Crystal Lake Friday night.
"Central thoroughly beat us and it showed on the scoreboard," said Dundee-Crown coach Lance Huber. "Our defense was not very good and we didn't make shots. It is not the way we want to go into the regionals, but it is what is."
After a conventional 3-pointer from Brandon Gordon pulled the Chargers (16-10) within 3 of the Tigers, Central closed out the first quarter on a 11-0 run.
Corban Murphy canned a 3-pointer and scored on a layup and Chase Cane connected on 3 baskets as the Tigers led 21-7 after 8 minutes.
Cane continued his torrid shooting connecting on 3 baskets as the Tigers scored the first 6 points of the second quarter and led by 20, 27-7, with 5:46 left in the first half.
Will Stupar's driving layup broke Dundee-Crown's scoring drought to make the score 27-9.
The Chargers were able to cut the Tiger deficit to 33-21 after a 12-footer by Brandon Rodriguez late in the second quarter.
Central ensured there wouldn't be a D-C comeback by scoring the first 8 points of the third quarter. Cane and Kyle Fleck each made a pair of baskets as the Tigers seized control of The game with a 41-21 lead with 5:16 left in the third quarter.
Playing in his last home game, Cane paced Crystal Lake Central with 17 points.
"The seniors were fired up for this game, " said Cane. "We came out with great intensity on both ends of the court. We made good decisions, played hard and had the tempo the way we wanted it. It was a good win against a good team to get us ready for the regionals."
Murphy added 16 and Fleck 10 for the winners.
"You couldn't have scripted our start any better," said Crystal Lake Central coach Rich Czeslawski. "Because of senior night, we came out with great intensity, especially on the defensive end. We did a good job of keeping their quick players in front of us. We played well against very good team that is well-coached by coach Huber ."
Cordero Parson came off the bench to score 12 points for the Chargers while Rodriguez tallied 11.