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Elgin wrapped up a solid showing at the Buffalo Grove Bison Classic with a 77-44 victory over Christian Liberty on Saturday night.
The Maroons (3-1) took second place, with their only loss coming to eventual tournament champion Stevenson in a tight 61-56 game, as the young Maroons have plenty to build off of moving forward.
“I’m happy with how started the season, but we’re still all kicking ourselves for the one we didn’t win, we were right in it but just didn’t finish it at the end,” said Elgin coach Mike Sitter.
With a significant advantage athletically, Elgin forced 26 turnovers on 21 steals in the contest while holding the Chargers (0-4) to just 41 shot attempts, compared to the 66 the Maroons took.
It was a complete effort offensively for the Maroons, who gave all 11 players who dressed significant minutes and had all but one player score as the Elgin bench tallied 19 points.
“We played everybody a lot of minutes and got to see some different combinations tonight ,which was nice,” said Sitter.
All-tournament selection Isaiah Butler led all scorers with 21 points for the Maroons, as the junior averaged 15.5 points-per-game for the tournament and provided Elgin with a much-needed second scorer to senior Arie Williams.
“Instant offense. He can go one-on-five and get a good look because he’s that quick and that strong with the ball,” said Sitter. “It’s just a matter of him making the right decision about what’s a good shot for the team and when to pass the ball.”
Williams also earned all-tournament honors for Elgin, as he entered the game averaging 26.7 points-per-contest, but had a down night in shooting just 5-of-16 from the field and tallying 12 points.
Wesley Swiderek led the Chargers with 16 points, while David Colbert chipped in 12.