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Metea Valley’s defense was a wrecking ball at South Elgin Saturday night, and its offense was dynamite. Crumbling under the pressure, the overmatched Storm surrendered 32 turnovers and was demolished 78-33 in an Upstate Eight Valley contest.
Forcing eight South Elgin miscues in the first three minutes, the Mustangs (4-4, 3-1) raced to a 12-0 advantage. Metea Valley held a 16-0 margin before the Storm erased the goose egg with a bucket at the 2:32 mark.
Connecting on 18 of 32 attempts from the field, including 8 of 13 from behind the arc, the Mustangs forged a 47-17 lead at the intermission. Sean Davis deposited four buckets from the lane in the opening quarter while Vin Patel hit two triples and a pair of free throws. Patel added two more three-pointers in the second stanza and finished with a game-high 14 points.
“We emphasized all week to get quick starts on both groups, and I thought we achieved that,” said Metea coach Bob Vozza. “We knew they had a tough matchup (Friday) night with Bartlett, and we wanted to get all over them with our defense.
“I’m really encouraged with how we’re playing. We’re getting out and getting some easy looks, and when they knock them down like they did tonight early it kind of opens things up and relaxes everyone.”
Metea Valley’s defensive traps were anything but relaxing — more like a whirlwind. Davis opened the scoring with a putback and Melvin Meeks followed with a triple from the corner. Patel added a long ball from the wing that prompted a Storm timeout at the 6:56 mark.
“We were ready to play,” Patel said. “Our intensity was up and our defense was up. That got our transition game going, and our shots were going in.”
Twelve different Mustangs inked the scoring column. Davis and Meeks each tallied 13 points. Starters Bryson Oliver and Trayvond Taylor were relentless on defense, collecting three steals each while dishing out assists.
Conner Archery chipped in nine points off the bench and Devin Flowers added eight, all of which he collected on a mini run to start the fourth quarter.
Flowers hit back-to-back layups before drilling a three-pointer and making a free throw that ballooned Meatea Valley’s lead to 67-25. Derek Coleman picked up three steals and a basket while Shiv Desai added five points.
“It’s encouraging to have that depth,” said Vozza. “Devin just keeps getting better, Derek has done a good job and Conner has done a great job at the back-up point.”
South Elgin (2-6, 0-3) was a miserable 11 of 39 from the field while losing its fifth in a row. Metea Valley connected on 30 of 59 shots.