After scoring just 6 points in the second quarter, the Dundee-Crown boys basketball team found itself leading visiting Prairie Ridge 21-20 in the third quarter Saturday.
Then, suddenly, the Chargers exploded. They outscored the Wolves 25-9 the rest of the quarter and cruised to a 58-45 Fox Valley Conference victory.
Jordan Hairston, who finished with a game-high 18 points, keyed the big rally.
He assisted on Jack Orndahl's 3-pointer to make it 24-20. A Hairston steal led to Brad Stec's putback. Hairston got another steal and fed Gabe Bergeron for a dunk. Damarion Butler's steal led to another Stec putback.
The Wolves' Connor Kazin ended the run with a free throw, but he missed the second and Stec rebounded, leading to another Bergeron dunk. Hairston's steal and breakaway layup made it 34-21. After a Prairie Ridge bucket, Bergeron dunked again and the Chargers were on their way.
They led by as many as 20 in the third, then survived a mild Wolves' rally in the fourth.
"After halftime we came out and got the steals, and scored the baskets like we needed to do, and that we should have done in the first (half)," said Hairston. "We couldn't lay back, we just had to keep scoring. We got the ball up the court, we moved the ball well, and that led to our success."
Bergeron finished with 12 points, and Orndahl contributed 8 for the Chargers (12-11, 9-4). Stec grabbed 9 rebounds to go with 6 points.
"It was a good quarter for us," said Chargers coach Lance Huber. "We got some stops on the defensive end, converted them on the offensive end. It gave us some separation, and we were grateful for the separation."
The separation came in handy when the Wolves rallied late. Four straight points by Michael Patterson made it 57-43 with less than 2 minutes to go. But Bergeron scored on a layup and Butler (6 points, 3 assists) added a free throw to keep the Chargers safely in front.
Joshua Raby added 6 points and 4 rebounds off the bench for D-C.
Patterson and Kazin each scored 11 points for Prairie Ridge, which led 6-2 and 13-11 in the first half but could never get over the hump after that.