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Nothing wrong with knocking down 3-pointers.
Glenbard West's boys basketball team just doesn't want to rely on them too much.
The Hilltoppers came through from beyond the arc Tuesday night, but an aggressive attitude getting to the bucket made for an awesome night of offense in a 69-49 nonconference victory over Wheaton Warrenville South in Glen Ellyn.
"We definitely had a nice balance tonight," said Glenbard West senior guard Corey Davis. "It's kind of the mindset of our team. We've been living and dying by the 3. We've been beaten a lot, we've beaten good teams. We just want our identity to be get to the bucket and if the shots fall then take them."
WW South (4-18) stayed within 28-22 at halftime before the Hilltoppers (10-12) exploded for 22 third-quarter points to build a commanding 14-point lead.
Three-pointers by Justin Pierce, Will Reedy and Brian Cochrane helped create the cushion, but Glenbard West proved to be especially strong around the basket. Aiden Gould came off the bench to lead the Hilltoppers with 14 points, with most of his damage done inside.
"Not that we have to shoot in the paint all the time, but when we get the ball in the paint and go inside-out or attack the basket, that's when we're at our best," said Glenbard West coach Tim Hoder. "Our shooters shoot by far their best when they're catching from inside out, so that's a conscious effort on our part to keep attacking the paint and get the ball inside more."
Ten players scored for WW South, but the Tigers still couldn't keep up with Glenbard West's offensive pace. Not as the Hilltoppers scored more than twice as many points in the second half as they did in the first half.
Joe Metzger and sophomore Eric Rasch scored 12 points apiece for WW South while Pierce scored 12 and Reedy had 10 points for Glenbard West.
"I thought we battled," said Tigers coach Bob Szorc. "I still think we're throwing some possessions away, but that's a process with some of these kids. But I thought we did a lot of good things, and then the third quarter happened. So somehow we've got to get over that hump."
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