Montgomery leads South Elgin over Streamwood

 
 
Updated 1/17/2019 10:07 PM
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  • South Elgin's Drake Montgomery gets around Streamwood's Zach Marquez in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      South Elgin's Drake Montgomery gets around Streamwood's Zach Marquez in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Streamwood's Keenon Cole blocks South Elgin's Vincent Miszkiewicz in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      Streamwood's Keenon Cole blocks South Elgin's Vincent Miszkiewicz in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Streamwood's Keenon Cole slaps away the shot of South Elgin's Vincent Miszkiewicz in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      Streamwood's Keenon Cole slaps away the shot of South Elgin's Vincent Miszkiewicz in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Vincent Miszkiewicz dunks against Streamwood in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      South Elgin's Vincent Miszkiewicz dunks against Streamwood in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Streamwood's Keenon Cole dunks against South Elgin in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      Streamwood's Keenon Cole dunks against South Elgin in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Vincent Miszkiewicz gets a hand on the shot of Streamwood's Keenon Cole in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      South Elgin's Vincent Miszkiewicz gets a hand on the shot of Streamwood's Keenon Cole in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Vincent Miszkiewicz stretches for a rebound against Streamwood's Keenon Cole in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      South Elgin's Vincent Miszkiewicz stretches for a rebound against Streamwood's Keenon Cole in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Lane Mcvicar lays up a shot against Streamwood's Darryl Luce in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      South Elgin's Lane Mcvicar lays up a shot against Streamwood's Darryl Luce in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Trace Ashby passes against Streamwood in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      South Elgin's Trace Ashby passes against Streamwood in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Jace Warrick drives into Streamwood's Keenon Cole in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      South Elgin's Jace Warrick drives into Streamwood's Keenon Cole in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Streamwood's Keenon Cole gets a rebound against South Elgin's Drew Cwik in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      Streamwood's Keenon Cole gets a rebound against South Elgin's Drew Cwik in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Drake Montgomery breaks up a rebound by Streamwood's Keenon Cole in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      South Elgin's Drake Montgomery breaks up a rebound by Streamwood's Keenon Cole in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Streamwood's Nikola Sinik reaches for the ball as teammate Darryl Luce and South Elgin's Lane Mcvicar fight for possession also in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday.

      Streamwood's Nikola Sinik reaches for the ball as teammate Darryl Luce and South Elgin's Lane Mcvicar fight for possession also in a boys basketball game in South Elgin Thursday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

Playing against each other for the third time in 41 days, the basketball teams from South Elgin and Streamwood have fast become familiar foes.

However, South Elgin added a "new" wrinkle during Thursday night's rubber match.

Senior point guard Drake Montgomery, who missed the first game between the teams (South Elgin won 71-63) with an injury and rolled his ankle in the first quarter of the rematch at the Jacobs Holiday Tournament (Streamwood won 70-58), successfully made it through the third meeting and the Storm (16-6, 9-2) reaped the benefits.

Montgomery poured in a game-high 25 points and added 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals while helping lead South Elgin to a hard-fought 59-55 Upstate Eight Conference victory over Streamwood (8-14, 4-7) in South Elgin.

"It was fun and exciting to play against them," said Montgomery, who connected on his first 6 field-goal attempts while accounting for half (15) of his team's first-half points as the Storm led 30-27 at the intermission.

"They beat us down last time (we played) so I knew my team needed me this game."

Montgomery scored a good portion of his points on drives to the basket in addition to knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and 5 of 7 free throws.

"Drake was an offensive difference maker because he was aggressive," said Storm coach Brett Johnson. "He's able to get to the basket and attack."

Using a starting lineup that included sophomores Zach Marquez, Jakobe Strong and Darrel Luce to go with senior veterans Keenon Cole and Nikola Sinik, the Sabres got off to a fast start.

Streamwood extended its lead to 18-9 late in the first quarter on Cole's layup before Montgomery answered at the other end with back-to-back buckets as the Storm pulled within 18-13.

South Elgin took its first lead at 26-25 late in the second quarter on the first of 4 thunderous slam dunks by 6-foot-7 senior center Vincent Miszkiewicz, who just missed a rare triple-double with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 8 steals.

After the Storm stretched the lead to 40-33 midway through the third quarter, the Sabres went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 42-42.

The comeback included a steal and layup from Marquez (6 points, 4 rebounds), a 3-point basket by freshman Richard Santiago (6 points) and a nifty spin move from NIU-bound Cole (24 points, 19 rebounds, 4 blocked shots).

"I thought our kids battled," said Sabres coach Kent Payne. "They'd get in a hole and fight back but that's part of playing younger kids now. Darrel (Luce), Jakobe (Strong) and Kyle (Maybrun) -- this is their second varsity game.

"We put in a freshman, Richard (Santiago), and he did the best job on Montgomery plus he hit a couple big 3-pointers. He had a fearless mindset. That's what we want to see."

Cole's 3-point play gave the Sabres a 50-48 lead with 6 minutes remaining before the Storm went on an 11-1 surge over the next 5 ½ minutes to seal the decision.

Miszkiewicz drained a 3-pointer from the wing with 4:02 left to put South Elgin on top to stay at 52-50.

"I'm proud of him," said Johnson. "He's not afraid to shoot that shot. It went in and then we executed down the stretch."

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