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After a loss to Bartlett on Tuesday, St. Charles North coach Tom Poulin was second guessing himself for not using his bench more.
On Saturday he used it plenty and it paid off as the reserves combined to score 28 points to help lead the North Stars to a 73-38 rout of visiting Streamwood in Upstate Eight River action.
North’s Quentin Payne led all scorers with 19 points. Sophomore Jake Ludwig added 12 off the bench.
“I’m always talking about how much depth we have,” said Poulin. “But for whatever reason I have gotten away from using it. So, we decided this week in practice we weren’t going to go with our typical five as much and start getting more guys involved again. The result was we had a great competitive week of practice and that translated right over to the game. The kids coming off the bench tonight really made a big difference for us.”
Streamwood had fought back from an early deficit to tie the game at 18-18 early in the second quarter. Then the North Stars went on a 10-0 run and never looked back.
Ludwig along with Ryan Thomas each came off the bench to score baskets to help spark the turnaround. Ludwig also had a pair of steals that turned into transition baskets on the other end.
“The guys off the bench want their minutes,” said Poulin. “They’re going to do anything they can to impact the game in a positive way. I thought Ludwig and Thomas really had standout games and the rest of the guys all made big contributions, too.”
Once the North Stars got the lead for good there was no stopping them. North (10-6, 4-2) made eight of its last nine shot attempts in the first half to extend the lead to 36-20 at the break.
The North Stars kept right on rolling in the third quarter. Tony Neari scored 9 of his 11 points in the period as North continued to pull away. The North Stars shot 30-of-53 (57 percent) from the field in the game.
Streamwood (6-11, 1-5), on the other hand went into a shooting funk, making just 8-of-31 shots after tying the game at 18. The Sabres also had 19 turnovers in the game.
“It was a really good game for about 10 minutes,” said Streamwood coach Tim Jones.
Joel Lightbourne had six points to lead the Sabres in scoring.