It's the kind of effort you wish you could bottle up for later use.
Glenbard South's boys basketball team played to near perfection while dominating Ridgewood in an 82-48 Metro Suburban Conference victory Thursday in Glen Ellyn.
How dominant were the Raiders (3-4, 2-1)? It took a 25-5 fourth-quarter run for the Rebels (4-5, 1-2) to keep the margin under 50 points.
Glenbard South's starters did the bulk of the damage in the first half while forcing 14 turnovers and shooting 20 of 35 from the field. Ridgewood struggled mightily on offense, making 2 of 17 field-goal attempts for the half and none in the second quarter.
The Raiders followed a 21-8 first-quarter run with a 32-5 second-quarter burst. The 53-13 halftime advantage stunned everyone.
"At first I was like, 'Wow...we're really going,'" said Raiders senior guard Chaun Rickette. "But then I realized this is a great team, coached well. If we really play and go at it, we're a great team."
The offense moved with machine-like efficiency while rolling up 82 points, but it's not the first time Glenbard South's shown that type of explosiveness. Thursday marked the second straight game and third game overall the Raiders have hit at least 70 points.
Eleven players scored paced by Rickette's 20 points. He scored 18 in the first half while Alex Jeske, who made all 9 of his free-throw attempts, scored 15 of his 17 in the first half.
Ridgewood clearly missed leading scorer Anthony Mroz, who was out with an injury. The way the Raiders played, however, it didn't look like anything was going to slow them down.
"The guys came out and played hard right from the get-go," said Glenbard South coach Wade Hardtke. "We're right there. We lost one by 4, we lost one in overtime and then in our first conference game we lost another one in overtime. Now we're starting to learn how to win games and close them out. They're working hard and believing in each other, and I think you saw some of that tonight."
Glenbard South, which received 10 points off the bench from Connor Willis, next plays Lemont in the opening round of the Romeoville holiday tournament next Thursday.
"This was a great awakening going into the Christmas tournament," Rickette said.
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