Larkin's bench shines as Royals run past Elgin

 
By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 2/4/2022 10:37 PM

Larkin certainly boasts an outstanding starting five.

But, with the postseason a little over two weeks away, the Royals are developing a deep bench.

 

That was on display Friday night during Larkin's 86-20 win over Elgin in Upstate Eight Conference play at Larkin.

Reserve Adrian York scored 15 points with three 3-pointers along with 3 assists to lead the Royals (23-3, 14-0).

"It was a good run tonight," said York. "I get better every day in practice going against our first team."

Darnell Wilder, who only plays 3 to 4 minutes a game, hopes to get extended playing time.

Wilder, 6-of-7 from the field, scored 12 points with 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

"I have to play hard, fight and be ready to play," said Wilder. "I feel good about the way I played tonight."

Coach Jon Winters, subbing for head coach Deryn Carter (sick), was happy with the way York and Wilder played.

"They took advantage of their good minutes," said Winters. "They were really focused and ready to play."

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In limited minutes, starter Jamarion Stubbs scored 13 with a pair of 3s.

"It was a testament to these kids they were really ready to play and we got off to a good start," said Winters. "We respect Elgin because of the rivalry. We have high expectations for the postseason. We have a lot of work to do. We have to keep working hard and stay focused."

The Royals seized control of the game from the opening tip.

Connecting on 4-of-6 from 3-point range and 7-of-10 from the field, Larkin scored the first 18 points of the game. Stubbs scored 6 on a pair of 3-pointers while Fernando Perez and York hit 3s and Damari Wheeler-Thomas and Jakob Blakley scored on driving layups.

Elgin's first points of the game came on a layup from Maddox Hallion with 2:12 left in the quarter to make the score 18-2.

Larkin's smothering defense limited the Maroons (3-20, 0-14) to 9 field goals in 35 attempts for 25%. Elgin, losers of 16 in a row, committed 25 turnovers.

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