Boys Basketball: Greg Garro the difference in Downers South’s win over St Charles NorthDowners Grove South's Jamall Millison drives the ball past Michael Schroeder of St. Charles North. Patrick Gleason ~ For the Sun-Times
Updated: November 25, 2011 8:31PM
Downers South has the star-power covered. The Mustangs’ highly-regarded backcourt of Jerron Wilbut and Jamall Millison has already earned plenty of headlines.
But to achieve the lofty expectations many have placed on them, Downers South is going to need plenty of guys like Greg Garro.
Garro, a 6-6 senior, came up with the two key plays in the Mustangs’ 58-52 win over St. Charles North Friday at the St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament.
With 2:35 to play and the score tied, Garro grabbed key rebounds and scored on back-to-back possessions to give Downers South (2-1) a four-point lead it would not relinquish.
“I was just trying to work hard and things fell my way,” Garro said. “At that point of the game it really seemed like things could have gone to either team so I knew those were key possessions.”
Garro finished with six points and 12 rebounds. Wilbut scored 22 and Millison added 10 points and seven rebounds.
“[Having Wilbut and Millison] is great,” Downers South coach Jay Baum said. “But I think it gives people the impression that we are more experienced than we are. We’ve got 9 or 10 completely new guys.”
Quinten Payne led St. Charles North (1-2) with 14 points and seven rebounds. Kyle Nelson added eight points and 10 rebounds and Kyle Swanson scored 13.
“We’ve got to clean things up,” St. Charles North coach Tom Poulin said. “We waste too many possessions. Our record could be reversed if we hadn’t given so much away this week.”
Downers South led by three at the half and opened the third quarter with a 13-3 run, but St. Charles North responded with a 13-0 run of their own. Things stayed tight until Garro’s two baskets.
The Stars’ three-point shooting kept them in the game. They drained 9 of 25 from long range.
“They are very good shooting team,” Baum said. “We knew that going in. We had to make sure to get a hand in their face whenever possible.”