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Elgin's Arie Williams dribbles past Streamwood's Jacob Siewert on Monday in South Elgin. | Michael R. Schmidt ~ For Sun-Times Media
Elgin was well aware of the reward for beating Streamwood on Monday, and now it gets its payoff.
Arie Williams and Eric Sedlack scored 13 points apiece as the fourth-seeded Maroons routed the fifth-seeded Sabres 64-41 in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A South Elgin Regional. The outcome gives Elgin a fourth shot at top seed Larkin after losing to the rival Royals three times during the regular season.
Against Streamwood the Maroons used a dominant second half to earn their spot in Tuesday’s semifinals. Elgin (14-13) outscored the Sabres 21-6 in the third quarter to take a commanding 51-26 lead into the fourth.
“Coming into the second half we had to make a statement,” Williams said. “If we let them back into the game they would start getting more confidence. You’ve got to bury a team, and once you get up on them you’ve got to keep burying them.”
For Streamwood (11-19), the outcome marks its third defeat against Elgin this season. It also ends the coaching career of Tim Jones, who is retiring after the school year.
Jones, a 1973 Elgin High graduate, compiled a 53-103 record in six seasons guiding the Sabres. Jones also spent close to 30 years as an assistant coach at Larkin and Lake Park prior to arriving at Streamwood.
The Sabres trailed from start to finish in Jones’ final game. Streamwood finished the contest with 22 turnovers, including eight in the first quarter.
“I was disappointed in the unforced turnovers we had,” Jones said. “We haven’t been doing that for a while and we’d been playing halfway decent. (Elgin’s) pressure bothered us a little bit, but not being smart with the basketball hurts.”
Joel Lightbourne and Trevious Norman led Streamwood with seven points apiece. Senior standout Zack Harris was limited to only four in his final high school game.
The Sabres played a box-and-one defense on Williams, who dished out six assists and drained three three-pointers. Sedlack pulled down seven rebounds and Isaiah Butler contributed 11 points off the bench.
Now Elgin gets its much sought after fourth chance to beat Larkin. The Royals defeated the Maroons 76-73 in double overtime on Dec. 12, won 60-51 in the championship game of the Elgin Tournament on Dec. 29 and earned a 68-66 victory Feb. 1 in the most recent matchup between the teams.
“This is what we wanted,” Williams said of playing Larkin. “It’s time to get (a win). It’s been too long.”
Added Elgin coach Mike Sitter: “Our guys know everything Larkin does and Larkin knows everything we do. We have to match Larkin’s intensity. If we do that we can stay with them, but if we don’t come out with 15 guys ready to play, this game could be over early.”
ELGIN 64, STREAMWOOD 41
Norman 3 0-0 7, Lightbourne 3 1-2 7, Williams 2 2-4 6, Seger 2 1-2 6, Dichoso 2 0-0 5, A. Harris 2 0-0 4, Z. Harris 1 2-2 4, Parker 0 2-2 2, Siewert 0 0-2 0. Totals 15 8-14 41.
Williams 4 2-3 13, Sedlack 5 2-2 13, Butler 3 4-5 11, Dunner 3 0-0 6, Bednar 3 0-0 6, Mari 3 0-0 6, Sitter 2 0-0 4, Douglas 1 0-0 3, Gibson 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 8-10 64.
Streamwood 9 11 6 15 -- 41
Elgin 16 14 21 13 -- 64
Three-point goals -- Streamwood: 3 (Norman, Dichoso, Seger). Elgin: 6 (Williams 3, Butler, Sedlack, Douglas). Fouled out -- None.