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After a tight first quarter, Metea Valley blew things open in the second quarter and cruised to a 71-46 victory over Glenbrook South in opening round action Wednesday at the Hinsdale South Holiday Tournament.
Both teams came out shooting the ball well, and the Mustangs (7-5) held a 19-16 lead over the Titans (5-6) at the end of the first quarter.
Metea picked things up to open the second quarter, rattling off a 14-4 run that essentially put the game away.
The Mustangs built a 39-22 halftime lead and expanded that to 61-30 through three quarters before the starters gave way to the bench.
“We came out OK, but our second quarter was really good and our guys settled into their defensive roles from there,” Metea Valley coach Bob Vozza said.
The Mustangs did a good job all game limiting the Titans’ second chances, as they held them to just 28 shot attempts over the first three quarters while firing off 46 shot attempts of their own.
They also took care of the basketball, with just five turnovers through the first three quarters compared to 13 by the Titans.
“In every hustle play they beat us,” Glenbrook South coach Ben Widner said. “If it was between us and them they got it. That’s a credit to them. They just wanted it more and once we turned it over a few times we totally shut down on what our game plan was.”
Sophomore Nick Dodson gave the Mustangs a spark off the bench, scoring a team-high 12 points with all of them coming during the decisive second and third quarters.
“We got a nice spark from Nick Dodson off the bench defensively in the second quarter, and he got us going by hitting some good looks early,” Vozza said.
He was joined in double figures by 6-foot-9 center Hayden Barnard who had 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Trayvond Taylor and Melvin Meeks added nine points each.
It was a tough day offensively for the Titans, as they finished just 16-of-42 from the field. Justin Busiel led the way with nine points, while Conor McCarthy added seven points and 10 rebounds.
Metea Valley faces No. 1 seed Lake Forest at 3 p.m. Thursday.