Dundee-Crown demonstrated balanced scoring right from the outset: 7 players accounted for the Chargers' first 14 points. D-C wound up with 6 players scoring between 6 and 13 points in defeating McHenry, 60-46, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball action in McHenry Friday night.
J.T. Beasley led the way with 13, Dylan Kissack and Brandon Rodriguez added 11 apiece, Cordero Parson chipped in 9 and Deonta Conley and Trent Muscat each scored 6 for the Chargers.
"It really helped us out," said Chargers coach Lance Huber. "It's hard to focus on one guy when we get that kind of production from our guys."
Both teams started slowly. Dundee-Crown led 8-3 after one quarter. But the Chargers (11-3, 2-0) started to kick it into gear in the second quarter. They broke the game open with an 11-2 spurt in the middle of the second quarter. Kissack scored 5 points during the run, but 4 players contributed.
As often happens, the defense got the offense going.
"We started to move the ball around, moving it faster, making harder cuts," said Parson. "It started on the defensive end, too, and we got open shots."
"I thought we did a pretty good job of defending them, and then we got some easy baskets," Huber said. "I felt like we left a couple on the board, though."
D-C threatened to blow McHenry out several times in the second half, but the Warriors refused to go away. Shane Varvil almost single-handedly kept them in the game at times. He converted breakaway layups on 2 straight possessions at one point in the third quarter. He scored 11 of his game-high 18 points in that period.
Damian Zalewski added 17 points for the Warriors.
The Chargers dominated the backboards with a 28-18 advantage Kissack grabbed 7 boards and Rodriguez added 5.
Five straight points by Zalewski got McHenry within 39-33 early in the fourth. But Rodriguez sandwiched 4 free throws around a short jumper by Conley. Beasley added a free throw to make it 46-33 with just over 5 minutes left.
The Chargers then put the game away at the free-throw line, making 12 of 18 attempts in the fourth quarter. For the game, D-C attempted 27 free throws (making 18) to just 7 for McHenry. The Warriors did not have a free-throw attempt until the final period.