BATAVIA – The Batavia boys basketball team ended its Upstate Eight River conference slate Friday on a positive note by beating Streamwood, 74-47.
The victory snapped an eight-game Bulldog losing streak.“I think we been improving for the past three weeks now and we haven’t necessarily seen it in terms of wins,” said Batavia coach Jim Nazos. “I thought we took a big stride in the third quarter tonight. Defensively we got stronger and stayed more disciplined. ”
The Sabres (2-26, 0-12 UEC River) tried their best to spoil Batavia’s senior night in the first half.
The teams exchanged the lead eight times in the first 16 minutes. Streamwood led by a point, 14-13, at the end of the first quarter.
The Bulldogs (7-16, 2-10) led by only one point at the half, 31-30, thanks to buzzer-beating basket by Sabre Antonio Harris.
The second half started the same way. The Sabres retook the lead 15 seconds into the third quarter on a put-back basket by Cole Seger. Seger led all Streamwood scorers with 15 points.
The Bulldogs then got their inside outside game going. Tucker Knox scored the first of his four inside second-half baskets at the 6:59 mark to put Batavia ahead for good.
Knox finished the night with 14 points.
“It took us a little bit for our team to take on our identity, but in the third quarter we were able to run away with it,” said senior Micah Coffey.
If Batavia could not work the ball inside, they would kick the ball out to their perimeter shooters.
Both Danny Pieczynski and Coffey drained three 3-pointers in the second half. Coffey led all scorers with 18 points while Pieczynski scored 15.
“We were more disciplined in our position and where we should be,” said Nazos. “That led to a lot of open drive layups and second rotation layups.”
The Bulldogs widened their lead to 11 points at the end of the third quarter, 52-41.
“Throughout the second half we did a real good job of staying with our offense.” Nazos said.
All six Batavia seniors – Knox, Coffey, Ryan Olson, Alex Bala, Jeremy Schoessling and David Alonzo – scored in the game. Alonzo scored the last Bulldog basket, a trey from the corner.
Jacob Siewert and Jacob McGlone scored 12 points for Streamwood.