WEST CHICAGO — After Burlington Central's Patrick Mayfield lit Sycamore up for 38 points in December when the Spartans first met the Rockets, the plan for the Sycamore boys basketball team was to focus on him in the rematch Tuesday in a semifinal of the Class 3A Wheaton Academy Regional.
The plan worked – Mayfield scored twice in the first quarter and scored just 15 – but Logan Andersen made the Spartans pay in a 58-35 Sycamore loss.
"I was trying to give him his shot because I know he can drive well," said Sycamore guard Grant McConkey, who was the main defender on Mayfield. "Honestly, he probably only had six or four when I was on him. I felt like I did what I had to do. Or he had an off night. I don't know."
With Mayfield in check early, Sycamore (12-18) trailed 12-10. But Andersen scored 10 points in the final 2:11 of the first quarter, coming off the bench and providing a big spark as the Rockets (24-8) scored the last nine of the quarter.
Mayfield got hot in the second, scoring nine points in the first 3:30 of the frame, including a four-point play, as the Rockets built a 33-12 lead early in the quarter en route to a 41-18 at the half.
"He's been shooting the ball real well so it's nice to see him be confident and shoot the ball right away," Burlington Central coach Brett Porto said of Andersen. "That's one of the reasons he's in that spot for us is to bring that offense in. Some other guys made some nice plays early and i think it's one of the few times all year we really did a good job off the double teams and triple teams and found the cutter and 41 points in the half, you can't complain about that either."
The Rockets led by as much as 31 in the second half.
The Spartans were 8 of 20 from the floor in the first half. The Rockets shot 64 percent in the first half.
"We talked at halftime that we did execute, did a pretty good job," Sycamore coach Ryan Picolotti said. "But we just didn't shoot the ball well and they put the ball in the basket. They're a good team, and we had to play awful good. We just didn't do that tonight."
By the numbers: Mayfield entered the game averaging 26.7 points per game. Lenschow led the Rockets with 17 points, while Joshua Hudgens led all players with seven rebounds. Lukas Overhaug, Matthew Reuscher and Grayson Burns each had four rebounds to lead Sycamore,
Up next: The Rockets will face the winner of Wednesday's semifinal between Wheaton Academy and Marmion for the championship at 7 p.m. Friday.