Timothy Christian senior Joey Davidson captured the essence of Friday's boys basketball game at IC Catholic Prep.
"It's a cross-town, so you want to win a game," he said of the dueling Elmhurst teams, who may meet again at the Class 2A IC Catholic regional.
ICCP senior Austin Reed went further: "It's pretty much like a cross-town classic."
"I mean, it's like bragging rights, so when we play them in, like, baseball, basketball and other sports it's just fun to get the win, get those bragging rights," the 6-foot-3 guard said.
ICCP (12-6) had more fun in this well-attended Metro Suburban Conference crossover, forcing Timothy Christian into 20 turnovers and 37 percent shooting to win 61-46.
"I thought it was a great first half, one of our best halves of the year with the intensity and getting a lot of guys involved. We had a pretty good rotation going, went deep on the bench," said Knights coach T.J. Tyrrell.
The Knights missed their first 6 shots but made 7 of their next 9 in the first quarter and overall shot 14 of 29 in the half. Meanwhile, help-side defense scrambled the initial plan of Timothy (10-6) -- get the ball inside to 6-foot-6 Brandon Orange.
"They defended very well on it and we didn't finish early inside," said Trojans coach Jack LeGrand. "That kind of set a rough tone for us, put us in a bad shooting percentage in the first half right away. And then our defense wasn't very good."
Reed sat the first five minutes for arriving late for the sophomore game. Right after checking in he assisted on a 3-pointer by his junior brother, Amari. Austin Reed finished the first half assisting on another 3, from Alex Meurer, for a 17-12 first-quarter lead.
"They started off strong with Alex, so just keep it going, keep the positive energy," Austin Reed said.
Done and done. Reed scored 6 second-quarter points to pace a 34-23 halftime lead. He finished with 23 points and 8 rebounds, giving ICCP a 44-25 lead midway through the third quarter on a left-corner 3.
Amari Reed finished with 12 points and Meurer with 11 plus 7 rebounds. Davidson led Timothy with 17 points and guard Jonny Strube scored 9 with 9 rebounds, 4 blocked shots.
"They were very physical, very aggressive," Davidson said. "They kind of took it to us in the first half and it was just hard to recover from that."