ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East boys basketball team proved to be an exception to the old basketball adage that “it’s hard to beat a team three times in a row” when it whipped Streamwood, 78-49, in a first-round game of the IHSA Class 4A St. Charles North Regional on Monday night.
The matchup between the Saints, seeded third in the regional, and the Sabres, ranked sixth, was the third game this season between the two Upstate Eight River foes. East won the first two contests by more than 30 points each.
East (17-11) used its 3-point shooting to make it a third rout over the Sabres. Sixteen of the team’s 29 baskets were from beyond the arc. Eight players, including four starters drained, treys during the night. Forward AJ Washington (12 points) was the only starter to score all his points on two-point shots.
The Saints will face crosstown rival St. Charles North, another UEC River foe, on Wednesday for a third time as well. The teams split their first two games.
Jake Clodi, a reserve guard, led the way for the Saints with six 3-pointers to score a game-high 18 points.
“We have kids who have the ability to shoot 3s when they are open so we give them the green light when they are set and ready to knock it down,” East coach Pat Woods. “Jake had a career day today with 18, so that’s good to see.”
East’s Dom Adduci, recovering from a sprained ankle, was limited to playing a couple of minutes each quarter. The senior guard scored eight points, including two treys.
“We limited his minutes tonight. We wanted to go two minutes a quarter to kind of get him prepped. We didn’t want to overdo it,” Woods said. “He will be full-bore on Wednesday.”
East’s Jake Asquini opened the game’s scoring with the team’s first 3-pointer 30 seconds into the contest and the Saints never trailed. The Sabres did not get on the scoreboard until an Antonio Harris layup at the 5:57 mark of the first quarter. Harris was Streamwood’s top scorer with 15 points.
The Saints led 24-6 at the end of the first quarter and widened their lead 39-17 at the half. Mick Vyzral gave East a 61-33 advantage at the end of the third quarter when he poked the ball away from the Sabres and scored a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Cole Seger scored nine points for Streamwood and teammate Jelyn Hill contributed seven.
“Tonight happened pretty much the way we wanted to. I think it was a great team effort that shows with our 27 assists, which is a highm so we are sharing the ball really well,” Woods said. “We won the rebound battle which has been something that has been plaguing us, so I think we are in a good spot right now.”
IHSA Class 3A Kaneland Regional: Marmion advanced out of the regional opener, thrashing Illinois Math and Science Academy, 85-51. The Cadets, led by Michael Sheehan's 18 points, move on to Wednesday's regional semifinal against St. Francis.
In the first game Monday, Aurora Central Catholic dropped a regional opener against Glenbard South, 88-57. Brett Czerak scored 13 points for ACC. Glenbard South advances to tonight's regional semifinal against top-seeded Kaneland.
• Jared Birchfield contributed to this report.