Basketball

High school boys basketball: Dundee-Crown uses fast start to beat Crystal Lake Central

Gabe Bergeron
Gabe Bergeron

CARPENTERSVILLE – Crystal Lake Central might have felt as if it was seeing the same few plays from Dundee-Crown on a video loop in the first half.

The Chargers would grab a steal or a rebound and take off for an easy bucket on the other end. Fifteen of D-C’s 19 field goals came within a few feet of the basket.

“I knew we scored a lot,” Chargers coach Lance Huber said. “We only had 45 in our whole other game (Wednesday against McHenry). We had a bunch of layups, Jordan (Hairston) got some, Gabe (Bergeron) was there, Jack (Orndahl) went to the basket hard. Central’s a tough team and our guys came out and played well.”

The pace slowed for both teams in the second half, but D-C was never in trouble as it won, 59-50, in a Fox Valley Conference game Friday. The Chargers (7-9 overall, 4-3 FVC) stopped a six-game losing streak, while Central (10-6, 4-3) lost for only the second time in eight games.

“In the first half, we kept our composure, kept moving the ball and scored off of turnovers,” said Hairston, who finished with 14 points. “That got us up there and got the energy to keep us moving.”

Bergeron scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and had a pair of dunks. Hairston also threw down a first-half dunk for the Chargers.

“We knew they were going to run the floor, we were going to try to combat that with team defense and be able to push the ball,” Bergeron said. “We boxed out pretty well and got rebounds and had guys busting out. We were able to get those long passes and breakouts. That was nice.”

Huber’s message to the Chargers, who lost their last two games to Prairie Ridge and McHenry by five total points, was to play a complete game.

“We got some rebounds, got some deflections, got some steals and just got out and ran,” Huber said. “I don’t know if we were due (for a win). We were playing well early in the year and we kind of got away from what we were doing.

"We played better at Prairie Ridge, but kind of let one go late. We played better against McHenry and let it go late. Not to discredit those teams, we had our chances and made some dumb mistakes. Tonight we had a little more composure late in the game and we were able to seal the deal.”

Orndahl tossed in 11 points for the Chargers, who finished with 26-of-49 shooting for 53.1 percent.

Deonta Dungey, who missed Wednesday’s game with an illness, hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead the Tigers. Alex Timmerman had 14 points and nine rebounds.

“The second half we played them even, but the story is their 40 points at halftime, that’s unacceptable,” Tigers coach Rich Czeslawski said. “Our guys didn’t get back on defense and they had a good game plan. I thought we played like a bunch of scared juniors, to give up 40 points in a half because they were running up and down the floor and pressuring us.”

The game featured 6-foot-8 Gabe Bergeron and 6-9 Timmerman, who played together in the offseason for Fundamental U’s travel program, the area’s two top big men.

“We had no answer for Gabe Bergeron,” Czeslawski said. “They played really, really well and Bergeron could do whatever he wanted on either side of the floor.”

STAR OF THE GAME

Gabe Bergeron, Dundee-Crown, sr., F

The 6-foot-8 forward hit 8-of-12 field goals, grabbed six rebounds and led the Chargers with 17 points in their 59-50 win over Crystal Lake Central. Bergeron also had a pair of dunks, the second one was part of a 3-point play.

THE NUMBER

65.5: Percent that D-C shot in the first half from the field (19 of 29).

AND ANOTHER THING...

With 1:05 remaining in the first half, D-C guard Trayvon Hatcher had used his dribble and desperately looked for someone to pass to when Jordan Hairston made a backdoor cut. Hatcher hit him perfectly in stride and Hairston soared for a dunk.

Dundee-Crown 59, Crystal Lake Central 50

CL CENTRAL (50): Welder 0 0-0 0, Lerum 2 0-0 8, Timmerman 6 2-2 14, Cassell 3 1-2 8, Haviland 1 0-0 3, Dungey 6 1-1 17, Freund 0 0-0 0, Keenan 0 0-0 0, Seegers 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 4-5 50.

DUNDEE-CROWN (59): Orndahl 4 2-3 11, Butler 3 0-0 6, Bergeron 8 1-1 17, Stec 3 2-4 8, Hairston 7 0-2 14, Michalski 1 1-2 3, Hatcher 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 6-12 59.

CL Central 14 18 7 11 – 50

Dundee-Crown 21 19 9 10 – 59

3-point goals: CL Central 8 (Dungey 4, Lerum 2, Haviland, Cassell), Dundee-Crown 1 (Orndahl). Total fouls: CL Central 17, Dundee-Crown 9.

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