ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East boys basketball team coasted to a 62-47 win against Glenbard West Wednesday night in front of its home crowd.
The game was originally slotted to be played Tuesday night in St. Charles, but severe winter weather caused the game to be postponed to Wednesday.
Glenbard West (6-7) jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the first quarter, with all points provided by guard Will Reedy. East (9-7) quickly overcame the deficit and launched an 11-1 run to finish the quarter leading, 15-9.
East guard Dom Adduci scored nine points in the first quarter to spark the run. East’s full-court press led to a flurry of Glenbard West turnovers, including a steal that resulted in an Adduci 3-point play on a transition layup with three minutes left in the quarter.
East coach Pat Woods said the run was a result of his team’s ability to force Glenbard West out of its offensive set.
“You saw when (Glenbard West) was patient with the ball, they do a great job of moving the ball around and finding the open guy and knocking down the 3,” Woods said. “We don’t want to allow them to get set up in the half court, so our goal was to just push the tempo and not let them get in the flow of their half-court offense.”
East opened up the second quarter in similar fashion, engineering an 11-2 run to extend its lead. Guard Cole Gentry, Adduci and guard Jake Asquini hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to pace the Saints’ run. East went in to halftime leading Glenbard West, 34-20.
Glenbard West cut the Saints lead to within 10 points late in the third quarter on a 3-point basket from guard Abdulla Alzamli. Asquini answered for the Saints with a 3-pointer of his own to push the lead back in to double digits and put East up, 50-38, heading into the final quarter.
The Saints were able to slow the game down in the fourth quarter and ease into their ninth victory of the season.
Woods said that the fast-paced tempo of the first three quarters of the game was the catalyst for his team’s scoring.
“We do that with pressure and trying to trap, force the ball out of their best player’s hands and try to turn it the other way up the floor,” Woods said.
Adduci led all scorers with 26 points. Gentry added 15, forward A.J. Washington had seven points and Asquini finished with 6.
East will host Upstate Eight Conference River Division opponent Elgin Friday night.