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Leading scorer Tahron Harvey didn’t make a basket in the first half for Glenbard East Friday night, but his Rams still led host Glenbard North by 17 at after a half of play.
That was bad news for Glenbard North, which saw Harvey put up 13 of his 15 points in the third quarter as the Rams rolled to a 72-47 DuPage Valley Conference victory in Carol Stream.
Harvey, a 6-1 senior forward, had just two points in the first half but contributed in other ways, dishing out three of his four assists and making two of his five steals as six other players scored to give Glenbard East (5-1, 2-0) a 35-18 lead.
“[The first-half drought] was actually a good thing because I couldn’t get nothing offensively, but I was getting my teammates open and they was hitting open shots,” said Harvey, who finished 7-for-7 from the line and was 4-of-6 from the floor in the second half. “If I don’t score, I still play the game and I get my teammates involved.
“That’s first priority. It’s not all about me. It’s about the team.”
It was all about Harvey in the third quarter. He scored the Rams’ first 11 points after the break and capped a 16-3 run by sinking a pair of free throws at the 4:13 mark to extend the lead to 53-22.
“That’s what I came out to do,” Harvey said. “Coach [Scott Miller] was giving us a pep talk, so I got to come out hard and make that lead go up so it could just be over.”
With Glenbard North guard Justin Jackson limiting Harvey in the first half, junior guard Jaron Hall stepped up to score nine of his 15 points while 6-4 senior forward Marvin Grant-Clark added eight of his 11 points and all but two of his rebounds.
The Rams played suffocating defense, flustering the Panthers (2-3, 1-1) into 30 turnovers, 15 in each half.
“Justin did a good job on [Harvey],” Glenbard North coach Joe Larson said. “We just need to take care of the ball. We’ve got a long way to go.”
Miller believes the Rams have come a long way in a short amount of time.
“Last week we came out with a lot of intensity at home,” Miller said. “That was kind of what we challenged them all week about – bringing that intensity on the road. I thought we did that.
“At Thanksgiving we weren’t all on the same page and then about three games ago I felt we turned that corner and now we’re all on the same page. We always feel like we have five guys that can shoot the basketball, so I think that does make us dangerous.”
Mike Hansen added 10 points and three steals for the Rams. Chip Flanagan had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Panthers, who made only 7-of-20 free throws, Kendall Holbert contributed eight points and Jackson had seven points, six rebounds and four steals.