With two starters averaging a combined 27 points per game out of the lineup, Elgin turned to its defense against Crystal Lake Central.
The Maroons held the Tigers to 2 points in the third quarter and 13 for the half in a 59-41 victory Wednesday in the consolation championship game of the EC Nichols Holiday Tournament at Marengo.
Courtese Cooper led four Maroons in double figures with 15 points while adding 10 rebounds. Dan Toolsie added 14 points, Titus Ahrens 11, and Trevon Morris 10 for Elgin (8-5).
Elgin trailed 12-9 in the waning moments of the first quarter. But a 3-pointer by Cooper at the end of the period started an 11-2 run that put the Maroons ahead to stay.
Elgin led by 7 at the half and it pulled away throughout the third quarter, holding the Tigers to a single field goal in that span. Elgin, meanwhile, racked up 14 points, with Toolsie accounting for 6 of those on a 3-pointer, a 2-pointer, and a free throw.
With Reggie Cole already out of the Maroons' lineup, Tim Wolf was a late scratch. He became ill during warmups and was replaced in the starting lineup by Ahrens.
The Maroons' halftime adjustments weren't all that complicated.
"In the first half of a game, you're going to see everything that a team does," said Elgin coach Mike Sitter. "So we said at halftime, there's nothing that will surprise us, there's nothing we can't guard, let's just come out and shut them down.
"We held them to 2 points and we didn't commit a foul. So its not like we were out there just hacking and reaching. We were moving our feet, guarding the passing lanes, and waiting for them to make a mistake instead of them waiting for us to make a mistake."
That they did, holding the Tigers to 1-for-8 shooting. For the game, the Tigers hit just 32 percent while Elgin made 20 of its 41 shot attempts.
The Maroons also held a 28-25 advantage on the boards, with Roy Panthier grabbing 7.
Adam Pump led all scorers with 19 points for Central. Alex Timmerman added 12, but no other Tiger had more than 4.