Palatine powers past Elgin

  • Palatine's Chris Macahon takes a jump shot against Elgin during the Martin Luther King Classic tournament at Lake Zurich on Saturday.

      Palatine's Chris Macahon takes a jump shot against Elgin during the Martin Luther King Classic tournament at Lake Zurich on Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin's Desmond Douglas, right, tries to get around defensive pressure applied by Palatine's Michael E. Williams, left, and Matthew Ulrich during the Martin Luther King Classic tournament at Lake Zurich on Saturday.

      Elgin's Desmond Douglas, right, tries to get around defensive pressure applied by Palatine's Michael E. Williams, left, and Matthew Ulrich during the Martin Luther King Classic tournament at Lake Zurich on Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Palatine's Matthew Ulrich leads a fastbreak against Elgin during the Martin Luther King Classic tournament at Lake Zurich on Saturday.

      Palatine's Matthew Ulrich leads a fastbreak against Elgin during the Martin Luther King Classic tournament at Lake Zurich on Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin's Dijawon Bonds splits Palatine defenders Chris Macahon, left, and Scott Elter on a drive to the basket during the Martin Luther King Classic tournament at Lake Zurich on Saturday.

      Elgin's Dijawon Bonds splits Palatine defenders Chris Macahon, left, and Scott Elter on a drive to the basket during the Martin Luther King Classic tournament at Lake Zurich on Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin's Desmond Douglas, right, looks to get past Palatine defenders Jovone Stricker, middle, and Christopher Refka during the Martin Luther King Classic tournament at Lake Zurich on Saturday.

      Elgin's Desmond Douglas, right, looks to get past Palatine defenders Jovone Stricker, middle, and Christopher Refka during the Martin Luther King Classic tournament at Lake Zurich on Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin's Desmond Douglas shoots in front of Palatine defender Matthew Ulrich (22) during the Martin Luther King Classic tournament at Lake Zurich on Saturday.

      Elgin's Desmond Douglas shoots in front of Palatine defender Matthew Ulrich (22) during the Martin Luther King Classic tournament at Lake Zurich on Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
By Howard Schlossberg
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 1/17/2015 5:58 PM

As efficiently as Palatine played Saturday afternoon in its 84-49 win over Elgin at the Lake Zurich MLK Tournament, the Pirates know they have to play better.

Palatine (12-6) was gearing up for a 7 p.m. prime-timer later in the day against the host Bears, a tall, slick-shooting bunch who ran Carmel off the floor earlier in this two-game-a-day event that carries into Monday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Pirates showed they were ready to compete against a game but outmanned Elgin (5-12) squad. Palatine ran out to a 45-17 halftime lead on the strength of forcing 16 turnovers out of the Maroons and shooting the lights out. Justin Chaney (15 points) did his usual thing from the perimeter, complemented by R.J. Smith and Michael E. Williams, who dominated the inside game. Smith's steal and 3-point play closed the first quarter at 21-7 for the Pirates.

Everyone got into the act as the bench gave the starters some much-needed rest in a crowded slate of seven games in five days all told, including Thursday's MSL West loss to Conant. Chris Refka hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 12 points and Ryan Frankel, Matt Mayer, Charlie Van Dyke, Jovone Stricker and Kevin Burke all played hard, effectively and cracked the box score.

"Anytime you can get a win and everybody plays, it's good," said Millstone. "To be able to get all 16 kids in really helped."

The young, inexperienced Maroons got an energetic performance from guard Desmond Douglas (13 points) and a 3-point shooting spree from Arturo Valenzuela (15), but couldn't muster much offense, committing more turnovers than they scored baskets.

Elgin is back in action against Lake Zurich at 11:30 a.m. Monday, and again Monday at 5:30 p.m. against Niles North.

Palatine's Monday games are Streamwood (10 a.m.) and Marian Central (4 p.m.).

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.