Dundee-Crown's defense locks down Crystal Lake Central
Dundee-Crown will certainly enjoy better offensive outputs during the shortened 2021 season.
But, on Friday night against host Crystal Lake Central in a Fox Valley Conference encounter, the Chargers' defense took center stage for 32 minutes.
The defensive numbers the Chargers posted were staggering.
D-C held the host Tigers to 5 field goals and forced 18 turnovers in posting an impressive 43-14 win.
Central converted 5-of-25 from the field and 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.
"The kids have really been working hard on defense in practice," said D-C coach Lance Huber. "It was all man-to-man tonight. We scored enough. Give them credit. They played great defense."
The Chargers (3-1, 3-1) set the tone defensively in the first quarter. D-C held the Tigers without a point for the first 8 minutes of the game. Propelled by 4 points from Terrell Powell and a 3-pointer from Jason Huber, the Chargers led 9-0 after a quarter.
The Tigers, who went the first 9 minutes and 2 seconds of the game without a point, got on the scoreboard with 6 minutes and 58 seconds left before the half. A putback by Mike Borchert made it 9-2.
D-C seized control of the game with a 7-0 run. Kennon Cook scored 5 of the 7 Chargers points and D-C led 16-2 with 1:22 left before intermission.
Leading 28-9 after 3 quarters, D-C tallied the first 9 points of the fourth quarter.
Led by 5 points from Zach Ryza and 4 from Steve Castleberry, the Chargers held a 37-9 advantage with 3:00 left in the contest.
Dundee-Crown cruised to victory despite a poor shooting night. The Chargers made only 19-of-55 from the floor for 34% and connected on 1-of-15 from beyond the arc.
With 11 players scoring. D-C was paced by Cook with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a blocked shot.
"We really work hard on defense in practice," said Cook. "We really tried to help on their key players."
Hunter Guyon added 6 for the winners while Huber and Ryza scored 5 each. Huber made the Chargers' only 3-pointer.
Borchert led the Tigers with 4 points.