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Glenbard South's Tim Marshall (32) attempts to block Plainfield Central's Curtis Harrington (3) during Wednesday's game between Plainfield Central and Glenbard South high schools. | Paul Bergstrom ~ For Sun-Times Media
Plainfield Central senior guard Curtis Harrington said it is a matter of paying attention and executing.
After a lackluster beginning Wednesday, the Wildcats dictated terms in the second half and claimed a 69-64 victory over Glenbard South in the opening round of the large-school division in the Romeoville Christmas Classic.
“We always start slow,” said Central senior guard Curtis Harrington, one of four Wildcats to score in double figures. “We have to pay attention more and execute the game plan from the beginning.
“It would really be good to get a couple more wins here, but we have to play our game all the way through.”
Plainfield Central (4-5) trailed by as much as 17-10 and was behind 32-29 at half. But the Wildcats went on a 6-0 run to tie Glenbard South (1-9) at 39-39 midway through the third quarter and finally took the lead for good when six straight points by freshman forward Justin Windt fueled a run allowing the Plainfield Central a 52-45 lead early in the fourth quarter.
“Justin has a lot of energy,” Central coach Steve Lamberti said. “He’s like all our guys. He’s learning. It’s fun to work with them. They try hard.”
Windt finished with 10 points, joining Mitch Young (14), Harrington (13) and center Logan Velazquez (12) in double figures. Velazquez had all of his points and 8 of his 11 rebounds in the second half.
“Logan is good enough that he helps us whether we are scoring or not,” Lamberti said. “He and Mitch (Young) and Curtis (Harrington) did a good job dictating the terms.
“We played their game the first half. In the second half, we got the ball where we wanted it. We did a better job dictating our game to them.”
Lamberti, whose team faces Argo at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, said the tournament “is huge. We need to get a little more consistent to tell us where we’re at. When we’re good, we’ve been really good. But when we’ve been bad, we’ve been really bad.”
* University 54, Joliet Catholic 47: Freshman Jalen Jackson scored 15 points, Ryan Peter 11 and Keith Craig 10 for Joliet Catholic (2-12), which used an 11-0 run to get as close as 45-44 midway through the fourth quarter in the opening-round small-school game at the Romeoville Christmas Classic.