Boys Basketball: St Charles North gets by BartlettSt. Charles Norths' #32 Kyle Nelson dunks the ball against Bartlett Monday in the Jacobs Boys Holiday Basketball Classic at Jacobs High School in Algonquin.
December 19, 2011 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 19, 2011 5:47PM
Two Upstate Eight Conference foes met in the second game of pool play Monday at the Jacobs Holiday Basketball Classic. St. Charles North and Bartlett suffered tough losses in Game 1 of the tournament on Saturday. It was St. Charles North who was the better team Monday as they downed Bartlett 67-52.
Both teams got off to a slow start in Monday’s first game of the day at Jacobs. Bartlett (5-5) and North (4-7) seemed to both get open looks, but nothing was falling in. North was able to get things going and take a 17-12 lead after the first quarter, and never looked back.
“I was happy with how we started the game,” said North Stars coach Tom Poulin. “Kyle Swanson got off to a great start offensively, and the whole team played off his fast start.”
The North Stars defense deserved a lot of credit for their victory against Bartlett.
“Our defense played very well,” said Poulin. “We played team basketball which is what we need to do to be successful.”
Quinten Payne led the North Stars with 17 points and added nine rebounds. Kyle Swanson and Kyle Nelson each scored 13.
“We’ve had a couple rough games lately, but today we played much better,” said Swanson. “We shared the ball better, and it showed in the result.”
Bartlett was led by Matt Chaltin who poured in 17 points. Lorenzo Mitchell added 14 points and seven rebounds, and Marcus Aluquin scored 13 points for the Hawks.
“Turnovers killed us once again,” said Bartlett coach Jim Wolfsmith. “I thought we defended well in the first half and had a chance to really make a game of it in the third quarter, but struggled from the foul line. We gambled and lost a lot defensively in the second half and they (St. Charles North) took advantage and were able to pull away.”
Pool play will wrap up on Tuesday for both teams. Bartlett will face Hope and St. Charles North will play Zion-Benton.