STREAMWOOD – Canaan Coffey quickly put an end to any suspense to who would claim its first Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory Friday.
Coffey hit a pair of 3-pointers as the Batavia boys basketball team jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead en route to a 69-46 victory over Streamwood. Coffey got the bounce on another 3 from the top of the key with three seconds left in the opening quarter to extend the Batavia lead to 18-8.
“It felt really good,” Coffey said of his shooting stroke. “Actually, in the fall, I dislocated my shoulder, so I had to wear a brace, and this is the first game without it. I practiced this week without it and it felt real good.”
Plenty of other Bulldogs (6-9, 1-4 UEC River) were feeling good shooting from long distance, as well. Six different Batavia players made 3-pointers, as the Bulldogs sank a total of 12 shots from beyond the arc.
“We have that capability,” Batavia coach Jim Nazos said. “We do have pretty good shooters. Canaan came out early and hit some. Danny [Pieczynski] can hit them. Obviously, Micah [Coffey] can hit them.”
Pieczynski hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the second quarter to push Batavia’s lead to 15 and Micah Coffey buried one from the left corner with two seconds left in the first half to put the Bulldogs up, 39-17, at the break.
Batavia had no trouble getting open looks against Streamwood’s man-to-man defense.
“The way they defended our offense, we could fade a lot, so we could get out by the 3-point line,” Canaan Coffey said. “Our 3-point shooters were just knocking it down today. It was contagious. Everybody else kept hitting. We were just having fun out there. It was awesome.”
The Bulldogs hit their first six shots from the field in the second half, including 3-pointers by both Canaan and Micah Coffey, and Tyler Lovestrand to open up their largest lead of the night, 53-21.
After that, Batavia starters saw little action, but the bench kept up the hot shooting. Junior Chasen Peez hit a 3 in the third quarter and senior Alex Bala scored another at the start of the fourth.
Meanwhile, the Sabres (1-12, 0-5) struggled on offense against Batavia’s man defense.
Streamwood went the opening 6:30 of the game without scoring from the floor and made four field goals in the first half.
“I thought defensively we were pretty good about being in the right spot,” Nazos said. “I thought our pressure on the ball was really good. Being able to ball pressure and making them uncomfortable helped out a lot.”
The Bulldogs forced 21 turnovers. That was just four more than they committed, but most of those came late, as Nazos emptied his bench. Batavia had just five turnovers in the first half.
The Streamwood cause was not aided by having two starters in foul trouble.
Sophomore Jacob McGlone fouled out with 3:11 left in the third quarter after scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Junior Cole Seger spent much of the game on the bench and eventually fouled out early in the fourth quarter.
Canaan Coffey led a balanced Batavia attack with 13 points. Pieczynski added 11 and Tucker Knox scored 9, all in the first half.
Antonio Harris led Streamwood in scoring with 17, win 10 coming in the fourth quarter.