ST. CHARLES – St. Charles North boys basketball coach Tom Poulin projected this year’s North Stars would shoot better, have greater depth and receive major contributions from guys who did not start for North last year.
The North Stars delivered on all counts Tuesday night, defeating Plainfield East, 67-50, in their season opener at the St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament.
A familiar face for the North Stars – senior Quinten Payne – scored 20 points, 12 of which coming at the free throw line, to lead the way.
North led 34-28 at halftime after junior Erik Miller canned a three-pointer at the buzzer, and the North Stars’ surge snowballed once the third quarter began.
The North Stars started the second half on a 13-2 run as four of North’s five starters contributed to the burst, capped by a Justin Stanko layup.
North junior guard Alec Goetz started fast, scoring nine of North’s 12 first quarter points, but picked up his third foul with 2:52 left in the second quarter. He finished with 14 points on the night.
Nine North Stars scored. Stanko added eight points and six rebounds and Miller added six, all in the second quarter.
A corner three-pointer from sophomore Jake Ludwig made it 53-36 North late in the third quarter. Plainfield East cut it to 10 in the fourth quarter but a technical foul on the Bengals after a disputed fifth foul by standout Aaron Jordan with 4:17 left in the fourth quarter helped North put the game away.
The North Stars continue tournament play against North Lawndale tonight in a game that precedes the host Saints’ matchup against Schaumburg.
Wheaton Academy Thanksgiving Tournament: Host Wheaton Academy improved to 2-0 with a 61-48 win against Streamwood. Gordon Behr scored 18 points for the Warriors.
West Chicago Tournament: Marmion fell to 0-2 with a pool play, 69-54, loss to Addison Trail.
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