GLEN ELLYN – Aryton Temcio lived up to his namesake on Saturday night in Glen Ellyn.
The Glenbard South junior, who is named after Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna da Silva, did some driving of his own to get to the hoop. He also buried shots from the outside, pouring in a career-best 24 points to lead the Raiders to a 64-54 victory over Marmion in non-conference action.
“My scoring has been up and down,” Temcio said. “It’s just whenever I can find the opportunity, I take it. I take what I can get and when my teammates set me up, and everyone has their night. It could be me, Brandon (Malone), Cade (Hardtke) because each of us has had over 20 (points) at least once this year, so whenever one of us can get it, we get it.”
Temcio took over in the third quarter – and the Raiders needed him to against the upset-minded Cadets, who trailed by as many as eight points in the first half before battling back to tie the game at 34-34 at halftime.
“They caught us off guard for sure,” Temcio said. “We had to hunker down and play good defense and our defense becomes our offense and that’s when we’re at our best.”
With a couple of 3-pointers, a baseline jumper, a drive to the hoop and a putback alone in the third quarter, Temcio displayed his ability to connect from long-range as well as quickness to slice through the paint and get to the basket.
“He’s really coming into his own this season,” Raiders coach Wade Hardtke said. “At the beginning of the year he was battling some knee problems – he’s still battling some knee problems – so he got kind of a late start and really just game after game he keeps coming along. Offensively he can do so many things. He’s been rebounding his tail off and now the last few games he’s been picking it up on the defensive end as well. He’s become quite the complete player.”
Malone’s 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer extended Glenbard South’s lead to 54-44 and the Cadets didn’t have a rally in them.
“The thing is getting the kids to understand and buy into the type of game we’re playing,” Cadets coach Tony Young said. “The game is changing so standing still doesn’t work. We’ve got to be able to attack and skills don’t develop overnight. In two seasons, the guys are slowly but surely getting better and better.”
Marmion (3-18) was able to put a scare into Glenbard South (16-4), hanging tough by knocking down nine 3-pointers.
“We can shoot the ball,”Young said. “It’s a self-discipline. They know what we want to do but got to be confident doing it. I think that’s the biggest thing. The more we do it, the more reps, the more they understand, the more confident they are in doing it.”
Marmion took a 36-34 lead in the opening minute of the third quarter after a basket from Maxwell Lambert, but Temcio tied it with a rebound basket and then gave the Raiders the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 6:22 left in the quarter.
The Cadets committed 16 turnovers and the Raiders pounced on a few of those opportunities in the third quarter to break the game open.
“We were able to start getting it going and defend,” Hardtke said. “Our defense led to some offense, which was good, but I still didn’t like our shot selection all the time. But when we needed too, we were able to knock down some big shots.”
Malone and Yazan Blan had nine points each and Cade Hardtke added eight points for the Raiders.
Will Wainscott led the Cadets with 14 points, Corey Crowder chipped in with 13 points and Collin Wainscott scored eight off the bench for the Cadets.