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Glenbard North and Dundee-Crown entered Saturday’s fifth-place game of the Elgin Holiday Tournament looking to end the calendar year on a high note.
While the Chargers struggled to find a rhythm on offense, the Panthers executed with far greater efficiency as they claimed a 63-51 victory at Chesbrough Field House.
Junior forward Chip Flanigan capped an impressive showing at the tournament with 22 points and seven rebounds for Glenbard North (5-6). The Panthers went 27-of-47 (57.4 percent) shooting while grabbing their third win in four games this week.
“What we do is attack the basket and get stops,” Flanigan said. “We like to shoot, but mainly coach tells us when in doubt attack the basket and be aggressive.”
The Panthers used an 8-2 run in the first quarter to take a 16-11 lead. They never trailed the rest of the way, keeping their advantage between six and 14 points throughout the second half.
Brandon Rodriguez had 22 points for Dundee-Crown (9-3). The Chargers repeatedly shot themselves in the foot on offense, going 11-for-20 from the free throw line and committing 16 turnovers in the first three quarters.
“We obviously didn’t want to finish the year that way,” Dundee-Crown coach Lance Huber said. “We had a lot of momentum killers there. [Glenbard North] had those two buzzer-beaters at the end of a quarter. We’d get a stop and then commit a turnover. Our free-throw shooting was off again and we had some shots in the paint that just didn’t fall.”
JT Bealsey pitched in with 13 points for the Chargers, who split their four games at the tournament.
Glenbard North got 17 points from junior Pasquale Fiduccia. Juniors Justin Jackson and Kendall Holbert also chipped in with eight points apiece.
“I thought defensively we had a really good effort against a good team with a couple really good players,” Glenbard North coach Joe Larson said. “We’re playing better, and it’s always big to get the last win at the holiday tournament.”
GLENBARD NORTH 63, DUNDEE-CROWN 51