ST. CHARLES – St. Charles East senior guard Dom Adduci has found that extra time in the gym pays dividends come game time.
Adduci scored a career-high 40 points Friday, including 32 in the first half, to lead St. Charles East’s boys basketball team to an 83-50 victory over Upstate Eight Conference River foe Elgin.
East coach Pat Woods stressed that Adduci’s performance was a direct result of the amount of effort he puts in in practice.
“He’s such a good kid, and what people don’t know about him is that he’s a gym rat,” Woods said of Adduci. “He’s always shooting, so there’s a reason why he’s able to find the basket the way he does, because he puts the time and effort that a lot of kids don’t into making them.”
Adduci opened the game with three consecutive 3-pointers to open a Saints lead that would hold for the remainder of the game. Adduci added an additional four points in the quarter, but Elgin guard Isaiah Butler contributed 10 points of his own in the opening period to keep the Maroons (5-10, 1-3 UEC River) within striking distance.
Entering the second quarter ahead, 18-13, East (10-7, 4-2 UEC River) quickly established a presence in the paint by way of forward AJ Washington. Washington kicked off the quarter with a dunk off of a feed from guard Cole Gentry, and then converted on a reverse layup set up by a Mick Vyzral entry pass.
Adduci took over the second quarter from there. He hit four 3-pointers in a row after Washington’s baskets and finished the quarter with 19 points. East looked to get the ball to Adduci on almost every possession for the rest of the period after he made it clear that he had the hot hand.
“We did a great job as a team moving the ball and penetrating in the gaps,” Adduci said. “All of our guards, our bigs, did a good job playing inside out. Credit to them for finding me and having the confidence in me to pass the the ball and find open looks.”
Woods was pleased with Adduci’s efficiency, something that is rarely seen in such a high-scoring performance.
“He was better than 50 percent [shooting],” Woods said. “That’s what I’m probably the most happy with. To be able to score 40 points and shoot 8 for 16 from 3 and better than 50 percent from two, that means he’s taking a lot of good shots.”
Adduci’s second quarter scoring put the Saints up, 48-27, heading in to halftime. East was able to dig deep into its bench in the second half to coast into the easy conference win.
After Adduci’s 40 points, the Saints were led by Washington (13 points), Jack Bronec (nine) and Gentry (eight).