Boys Basketball: DeKalb overtakes Yorkville in second halfYorkville's Brandon Holmes drives toward the basket as DeKalb's Brian Sisler defends on Friday in Yorkville. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 13, 2012 11:38PM
In a game of surges that was sloppily played at times, DeKalb rode a 21-6 scoring run in the third quarter and outlasted Yorkville 62-56 in the Foxes’ gym on Friday.
After an even first quarter in all statistical areas — including a 13-13 tie on the scoreboard — Yorkville (11-5, 2-3 NI Big 12 East) pushed to a five-point margin three times in the second quarter.
Except for a trey by Joshua Williams (11 points), which was the Foxes’ only attempt in the half from long range, Yorkville was able to score from around the hoop.
Josh Gengler had a layup on a beautiful assist from Brett Assell, and Stephen Jones (team-high 14 points) had the last four points before the half as the Foxes headed to intermission leading 27-22.
Andre Harris, DeKalb’s 6-7 junior center, kept the Barbs close by scoring 10 of his game-high 29 in the first half.
In spite of the lead, Yorkville coach Dan McGuire wasn’t happy.
“I wouldn’t say we outhustled them,” the coach said. “DeKalb is a great hustling team. I would say we matched them, but didn’t outhustle them at any point.”
The Barbs emerged from the half, played better defense, pounded the offensive board four times and turned the tables to gain a 43-33 advantage near the end of the third quarter.
Brian Sisler had a baseline jumper and drained two from three-point land. Harris (eight points in the third) assisted Jake Carpenter on a layup, and Carpenter returned the favor three minutes later.
“We all work together and try to be patient on offense,” Harris said. “They were just finding me on the inside. We were being very unselfish with the ball and working hard.”
Harris became even more assertive by scoring the first six points of the fourth quarter, and DeKalb had breathing room at 55-48 with two minutes left.
But Derek Piszczek scored for the Foxes after an offensive rebound, and then drained a long three-pointer to bring his team to within 57-55 with 18 ticks left.
Yorkville chose to foul two times in the waning moments, but the Barbs made 2-of-4 free throws and Harris dropped in a layup for the final six-point margin.
Brandon Holmes added 12 points for Yorkville.
The Foxes didn’t shoot badly at 54 percent (18-of-33), but the Barbs (5-10, 3-2 NI Big 12 East) managed 14 more shots and made 23 for 49 percent.