2017-'18 Season Coverage
updated: 12/16/2016 12:22 AM

Larkin takes it to Elgin

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  • Larkin's Isaiah Talley blocks the shot of Elgin's Reggie Cole during Thursday's game at Larkin.

      Larkin's Isaiah Talley blocks the shot of Elgin's Reggie Cole during Thursday's game at Larkin.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Larkin's Jalen Shaw shoots and scores with Elgin's Courtese Cooper in his face.

      Larkin's Jalen Shaw shoots and scores with Elgin's Courtese Cooper in his face.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin's Courtese Cooper shoots along the baseline with Larkin's Isaiah Talley defending during Thursday's game at Larkin.

      Elgin's Courtese Cooper shoots along the baseline with Larkin's Isaiah Talley defending during Thursday's game at Larkin.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Larkin's Jackson Reuter (4) hounds Elgin's Reggie Cole as Cole looks for a shot during Thursday's game at Larkin.

      Larkin's Jackson Reuter (4) hounds Elgin's Reggie Cole as Cole looks for a shot during Thursday's game at Larkin.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Larkin's Pierre Black (5) and Elgin's Dan Toolsie hit the deck battling for a loose ball during Thursday's game at Larkin.

      Larkin's Pierre Black (5) and Elgin's Dan Toolsie hit the deck battling for a loose ball during Thursday's game at Larkin.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin's Courtese Cooper blocks a shot by Larkin's Kindrel Morris during Thursday's game at Larkin.

      Elgin's Courtese Cooper blocks a shot by Larkin's Kindrel Morris during Thursday's game at Larkin.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

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The Larkin boys basketball program has never experienced this kind of winning streak against rival Elgin.

The Royals set a new school record Thursday for consecutive victories against the Maroons by winning the 11th straight meeting between Elgin's two public high schools 70-47.

Junior guard Anthony Lynch scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in the second half and sophomore guard Pierre Black sank four 3-pointers in a 16-point performance to help Larkin (5-5, 2-2) snap a 3-game slide.

"Man, I think it says a lot about where we are as a program," Larkin coach Deryn Carter said of the 11-game spree. "I'm just proud of our guys and the way they came out in the second half."

Elgin (5-3, 1-2), which still leads the all-time series 79-51, twice won 11 straight games against Larkin. The Maroons hope to avoid a 12th straight loss to Larkin when the teams face off at Chesbrough Field House on Jan. 20.

Elgin will have to play better than it did in Thursday's second half, when it was outscored 37-20. Larkin turned a 33-27 halftime lead into a rout. The Maroons shot 18 of 56 from the field (32 percent) and in the last two quarters turned the ball over on 11 occasions.

"It's probably one of the most disappointing losses I've been involved with since I've been at Elgin just because we had a great scout," said 10th-year Elgin coach Mike Sitter. "We knew exactly what we needed to do to win and we just chose not to execute it.

"The lack of senior leadership is really hurting this team right now. There's not a lot of heart. There's not a lot of fight. Every loose ball they got to. Every long rebound they got to. Lynch had what, 21? And didn't hit a shot outside of four feet. And we knew that coming in and yet we still let it happen continuously. That's on us. We need people to step up."

Lynch caused several of Elgin's second-half turnovers. He finished with 6 steals, 5 in the fourth quarter alone.

Asked where that outburst came from, the transfer from South Elgin said "I don't know. It just came out of me, I guess." He also had 10 rebounds and 4 assists.

Senior guard Kashmir Ivy had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals and junior point guard Kindrel Morris contributed 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for Larkin, which next plays at the Proviso West Tournament against St. Joseph on Dec. 27.

Senior guard Reggie Cole led the Maroons in scoring with 15 points on 6-of-19 shooting. Courtese Cooper finished with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks. The Maroons are back in action tonight at St. Charles North (6-1) at 7 p.m.

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