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Elgin's Arie Williams sinks a three-point shot over Streamwood's Kyle Strong on Friday. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
There haven’t been many quarters of basketball at Elgin like Maroons guard Arie Williams had in the second quarter Friday night against Streamwood.
There haven’t been a lot of halves like the Maroons had to start out either, as they seized command immediately and kept pouring it on behind Williams’ 20-point second quarter in a 55-44 victory over the Sabres in Upstate Eight River play at Chesbrough Field House.
“Woah ...,” was Williams’ reaction when told he’d scored 20 points in the second quarter, 18 of which came on 6-of-7 three-point shooting. “I guess I was in the flow, in that zone.
“(Streamwood) kept going under that screen. (Eric) Sedlac and Ryan (Sitter) kept setting that good screen. I just kept shooting the ball and it kept going in. The flow of the game kind of led me to that, but I didn’t expect (20).”
Williams scored 28 for the game and Sedlack had nine points on the night. The Maroons (4-2, 1-0) came out on fire at both ends from the start, causing eight first-quarter Sabre turnovers while seven Maroons scored en route to a 19-6 lead after eight minutes.
“That’s how you really want to play basketball,” Williams said. “We get everybody involved and everybody is feeling good. When everybody is scoring and the ball is moving and all the points come off what we do at the defensive end — getting stops and coming down the floor.”
Then Williams went berzerk, six treys and two foul shots for 20 of Elgin’s 22 second-quarter points. They held Streamwood to 7-of-30 shooting from the floor in the first half and went into the locker room leading 41-17.
And then the game turned drastically, as Streamwood (3-4, 1-2) made 11-of-17 shots from the floor in the second half. The Maroons went to their “ice” delay game and kept Streamwood from getting any closer than 10, but none of the second half sat well with Maroons coach Mike Sitter.
“We came out on fire,” he said. “I wish we would have kept that same intensity in the second half.
“We let kids speak their own mind in the locker room after and it was my own son (Ryan) who said with a 24-point lead we relaxed coming out in the second half, and we didn’t come out with the same intensity.”
Elgin scored only 14 second-half points and made just three field goals. The Maroons made 19-of-51 from the floor after going 16-of-32 in the first half.
“The thing is, they shot the ball well and we were 0-for-4 right at the beginning and did not rebound well at all,” Streamwood coach Tim Jones said. “That’s the disappointing part. I thought we’d be a better rebounding team tonight than we were.
“I thought the kids, to their credit, played a decent second half to get it within 10.”
The teams fought to a 29-29 draw on the boards.
Jones, a former Elgin player, also got hot about some of the calls against the Sabres early and drew what he said was the first technical foul of his coaching career. This is his final season of coaching.
“It was probably one of the worst officiated games I’ve had,” he said.
Streamwood got 13 points from post player Zack Harris and Vince Williams hit for 14. A 12-0 run late in the third quarter and starting the fourth got the Sabres within striking distance until Elgin went to its delay game.
“We haven’t run that the entire year so I wanted to practice it,” Sitter said, adding that the thinking from coaches for his players was, “...if you’re not going to take good shots, we’re not going to let you shoot.”
ELGIN 55, STREAMWOOD 44
Streamwood (3-4, 1-2)
Trevious Norman 1 1-1 3, Jacob Siewert 2 0-0 4, Joel Lightbourne 0 0-3 0, Vince Williams 6 2-5 14, Zack Harris 5 1-2 13, Kyle Strong 3 0-0 7, Ryan Dichoso 1 0-0 3. Totals 18 4-11 44.
Elgin (4-2, 1-0)
Arie Williams 8 5-7 28, Ryan Sitter 1 0-2 3, Malik Parham-Dunner 2 0-0 4, Tanner Bednar 1 0-0 2, Eric Sedlack 3 2-2 9, William Gibson 2 0-0 4, Isaiah Butler 2 1-2 5. Totals 19 8-13 55.
Streamwood 6 11 15 12 -- 55
Elgin 19 22 6 8 -- 44
Three-point field goals: Streamwood (4) -- Harris 2, Dichoso 1, Strong 1. Elgin (9) -- Williams 7, Sedlack 1, Sitter 1. Fouled out: Streamwood -- Norman. Technical fouls: Streamwood -- coach Tim Jones.