St. Charles East, Senior, Boys Basketball
Why he was selected: Scored a career-high 40 points in Friday’s win against Elgin
St. Charles East senior guard Dom Adduci had 32 points by halftime Friday against Elgin en route to his career-high 40. Adduci has had plenty of big games in his Saints career, but this was like no other.
The Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about his monster game and Saturday’s upcoming showdown with St. Charles North. The following is an edited transcript:
Was Friday the hottest you’ve ever been?
Yeah, you know that first half was definitely something. It’s the first time it’s ever happened my entire life. I was feeling hot in warmups and I’ve been shooting in the gym a lot to try and get my 3-point shot where I want it to be. When I was hitting those shots, the basket just felt like an ocean. … It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, definitely. To score that many points, it was just exhilarating.
Were you aware you had the 32 points at halftime?
… I tend not to look at the scoreboard and not look at our [individual] points. I’m focused on the score for our team and how the team is doing so I wasn’t really aware. … But when I looked at half, I was like [‘Oh my gosh.]. … I’ve scored a lot of points in the past, but nothing to that caliber.
For the rematch with North, what do you guys have to do better this time than the last time?
We definitely have to handle their zone a little better on offense but our main factor is definitely limiting Alec Goetz and Jake Ludwig, their great guards and some of the best guards in the area. Our big battle is going to be the battle on the glass. We really need to handle defensive rebounding as well as offensive rebounds. If we do that, I really feel like we can beat them.
If you had to pick one teammate to help you with some tricky homework, who would it be and why?
Definitely David Mason because he’s just an overall smart kid. We’re both in a bunch of the same classes but David is really smart with everything. He’s the go-to guy on the team. If we need help we always ask Dave because Dave always seems to have the right answers.