KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: St. Charles East's Cole Gentry
Why Gentry was selected: Gentry capped a career-high 30-point night Saturday with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that clinched a 60-57 home win against Evanston.
St. Charles East sophomore point guard Cole Gentry cited an urgency to compensate for teammate Kendall Stephens' foul trouble after scoring a then- career-best 12 points at Batavia last month. Torching Evanston for 30 points on Saturday – including the buzzer-beating trey that won the game – he mentioned Stephens' upcoming season-ending shoulder surgery as motivation. Although he might like to try, Gentry cannot share recognition as the latest recipient of the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week award. Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley caught up with Gentry about his banner night. The following is an edited transcript:
When did everything about Saturday night sink in?
It kind of sunk in (Sunday) afternoon. It was a pretty crazy feeling, actually, and just hit me how big of a win that was for our team.
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