Glenbard South's boys basketball team felt stuck on 18 points for an eternity.
The Raiders, though, did their best to make up for lost time.
In both teams' final regular-season tuneup before the playoffs begin next week, Glenbard South struggled early but eventually pulled away to Friday's 65-42 Metro Suburban Conference victory over Fenton in Bensenville.
After Connor Willis scored to put the Raiders (15-11, 9-3) ahead 18-10 two minutes into the second quarter, the offense suddenly went into hibernation for more than four minutes. A 10-0 Fenton run allowed the Bison (1-25, 1-11) to surge to a 20-18 lead.
The explosive Raiders offense needed a kick-start.
"We started pressuring them full-court and got the tempo of the game up," said Raiders senior guard Alex Jeske, who scored 9 of his game-high 19 points during a decisive third quarter. "We carried that momentum into the second half and finished the game."
Fenton had no answer for the Raiders' press, committing a flurry of turnovers in the final two minutes of the first half. A 10-0 run, capped by the third of Jeske's four 3-pointers, sent Glenbard South into the half with a 28-20 lead.
By midway through the third quarter, the margin ballooned to 18 points.
"We've had a lot of difficulty dealing with pressure throughout the entire season," said Fenton coach Josh Payton. "It's been something that's plagued us. Some of it is not being as physical as we need to be. Some of it is being a little undersized at the guard spot. Some of it is just not executing the game plan we put in place. The combination of those things leads to turnovers and the inability to regroup."
Woeful shooting also helped bury the Bison. In the first and fourth quarters they shot a combined 5 of 30.
Ten players scored for Glenbard South, including Chaun Rickette's 13 points and Billy Bair's 10 off the bench. Fenton did the bulk of its scoring in the post as 6-foot-6 Zack Jakalski tallied 9 points, 6-9 Greg Wagner added 6 and David Echeverria also had 6 points.
"At the end of the second quarter, we finally were able to get some defensive pressure going, and we were able to turn the basketball over a little bit," said Raiders coach Wade Hardtke. "It sparked our offense."
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