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It took some time for the Glenbard East defense to start clicking Friday night, but once it did, the host Rams took control and posted a 59-41 win against Dupage Valley rival Naperville Central.
“It’s starts with us defensively,” said Glenbard East coach Scott Miller.“Guys started to get into position in the second and third quarter, and we were able to push the ball up the floor.”
The Rams led by just two points after the first quarter of play, but seniors Tahron Harvey and Mike Kjeldsen led the onslaught offensively in the second and third quarters in which they outscored the Redhawks 40-14.
“I looked to get my teammates involved first,” said Harvey. “Then the defense gave me the opportunity to push the ball up the floor and gave me room to pull up.”
Harvey scored all 16 of his points in those two quarters to go along with four assists. Kjeldsen hit all five of the shots he took en route to 16 points.Marvin Grant-Clark (nine points) and Jaron Hall (seven points) also contributed.
“I felt we started to turn the corner last week,” said Miller. “We were making the extra pass, finding the open man and pushing the ball up the floor.”
The Redhawks struggled to limit the Rams in transition and had a difficult time handling the pressure the defense put on them in the second and third quarter.
Center Nick Czarnowski was a bright spot for Naperville Central when he was in the game. The Rams struggled to stop him in the post as he scored eight points and added three rebounds before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Nick Lopez and Rob Suntken each scored five points for Naperville Central.