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    • St. Edward forward Adrian Ponce (22) slips through Westminster Christian's Robert Kleczynski (33) and Colin Brandon (42) during the 6th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Elgin Friday.

      Purchase Photo | St. Edward forward Adrian Ponce (22) slips through Westminster Christian's Robert Kleczynski (33) and Colin Brandon (42) during the 6th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Elgin Friday. BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

    • Westminster Christian's Robert Kleczynski (33) looks to get the ball to an open teammate as St. Edward's Nick Duffy (15) and Adrian Ponce (22) put on some pressure during the 6th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Elgin Friday November 23, 2012.

      Purchase Photo | Westminster Christian's Robert Kleczynski (33) looks to get the ball to an open teammate as St. Edward's Nick Duffy (15) and Adrian Ponce (22) put on some pressure during the 6th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Elgin Friday November 23, 2012. BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

    • Westminster Christian's Sam Carani (14) passes over St. Edward forward Adrian Ponce (22) during the 6th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Elgin Friday November 23, 2012.

      Purchase Photo | Westminster Christian's Sam Carani (14) passes over St. Edward forward Adrian Ponce (22) during the 6th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Elgin Friday November 23, 2012. BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

    • St. Edward forward Nick Duffy (15) battles at the hoop for a rebound with Westminster Christian' s Sam Carani (14) during the 6th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Elgin Friday November 23, 2012.

      Purchase Photo | St. Edward forward Nick Duffy (15) battles at the hoop for a rebound with Westminster Christian' s Sam Carani (14) during the 6th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Elgin Friday November 23, 2012. BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

    • St. Edward forward Nick Duffy (15) slows down Westminster Christian's Sam Carani (14) on his way to the hoop during the 6th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Elgin Friday November 23, 2012.

      Purchase Photo | St. Edward forward Nick Duffy (15) slows down Westminster Christian's Sam Carani (14) on his way to the hoop during the 6th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Elgin Friday November 23, 2012. BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

    • BRIAN HILL/bhill@dailyherald.comWestminster Christian guard Will Woodhouse (10) tries to look past St. Edward's Brian McDonuagh, 23, as Westminster Christian Sam Carani (14) and St. Edward forward Nick Duffy (15) battle for position during the 6th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Elgin Friday November 23, 2012.

      BRIAN HILL/bhill@dailyherald.comWestminster Christian guard Will Woodhouse (10) tries to look past St. Edward's Brian McDonuagh, 23, as Westminster Christian Sam Carani (14) and St. Edward forward Nick Duffy (15) battle for position during the 6th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Elgin Friday November 23, 2012.

    Brian Schaumburg

    St. Edward boys basketball coach P.J. White wanted to emphasize how much Friday night's victory was a team effort.

    Four players scored in double figures as the Green Wave beat host Westminster Christian, 60-46, to win Pool A and advance to the championship game of the 6th annual Warrior Thanksgiving Classic.

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    "The kids played hard, for four quarters I think they played hard," White said. "If we can keep the inside-outside thing going, we'll be just fine."

    St. Edward (3-0) will play Suburban Christian Conference rival Immaculate Conception (3-0), which rallied to beat Indian Creek to win Pool B, in the title game at 7 p.m. today. The Warriors face Indian Creek at 5:30 p.m. in the third-place game.

    Adrian Ponce got the Green Wave started quickly Friday, scoring 8 of his 24 points in the first quarter. DaVontae Elam scored 7 points during a 9-0 fourth-quarter run that opened up the game after the Warriors got within 3, 47-44. In between the quick start and game-clinching run, Luke Duffy scored 12 points and Antonio Domel added 10, including a pair of 3-pointers.

    "Just a team effort. We played hard from the start," said Elam, who finished with 11 points off the bench. "We didn't give up."

    Ponce and Elam, who scored 4 points in the first quarter, led St. Edward to a 14-8 lead heading to the second quarter. A pair of free throws from Duffy gave the Green Wave a 10-point lead, 23-13, with 3:43 remaining in the first half. Westminster got within 2, 25-23 with 53 seconds left in the half on a Robert Kleczynski layup.

    The Green Wave led by 9, 37-28, midway through the third quarter only to see the Warriors again get within 2, 41-39 with 17 seconds left in the third. St. Edward got up by 5 early in the fourth before a layup from Westminster's Sam Carani cut the Green Wave lead to 47-44.

    St. Edward finally put away the Warriors with a 9-0 run. Elam had an offensive rebound and putback to start the run. Domel had a layup and a brilliant drop-back pass to Elam for another layup. After a Duffy block, Elam converted a 3-point play with 4:14 left for a 56-44 Green Wave lead.

    "We couldn't get enough defensive stops to give ourselves a chance to get a lead," Westminster coach Bruce Firchau said. "We had some turnovers. They had that explosion and the game got out of hand in about a minute and a half."

    Colin Brandon led Westminster with 14 points. Will Woodhouse added 10 points and 6 rebounds. Carani and Kleczynski each had 6 points.

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