Second-half run gets Dundee-Crown past Hoffman EstatesDundee-Crown's Thomas McNally (15) and Hoffman Estates' Eddie Duray (33) go after a rebound during their game at the Elgin Holiday Basketball Tournament hosted by Elgin High School on Monday, December 19, 2011. | Kevin D. Sherman ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 19, 2011 8:16PM
Dundee-Crown came out of halftime looking like a different team, and they used a big run to take the lead and put away Hoffman Estates en route to a 59-47 victory in opening round action of the Elgin Holiday Tournament.
After turning the ball over 13 times in the first half, the Chargers (5-4) trailed the Hawks (3-6) 28-23 heading into the break and changes needed to be made at halftime if they were to avoid falling into the loser’s bracket.
As it was, the break came at the perfect time, and the Chargers came out with new-found energy to open the second half, rattling off a 15-0 run to get the third quarter started. They would never trail the rest of the way.
“We just shot the ball a lot better out of the break, and we played them a little tougher on defense, but we were really just on fire shooting the ball,” said Dundee-Crown coach Lance Huber.
Dylan Kissack had nine points during the run and 11 total in the third quarter, as the Chargers outscored the Hawks 24-6 in the period to put things away.
The Chargers shot the ball well all game, going 22-of-40 (55 percent) from the field, while they held the Hawks to just 17-of-50 (34 percent). including an impressive 7-of-28 (25 percent) in the second half.
Kissack led the Chargers in scoring with a game-high 21, and he shot an efficient 9-of-11 from the floor to do it.
“(Dylan) had a tough game last game and shot about 1-of-10, but successful players are the ones who are willing to put in the work and he stayed after practice and shot 600-700 shots and I think that extra work really showed out there today,” said Huber.
Brandon Rodriguez joined Kissack in double figures with 10 points and added a team-high eight rebounds, while Austin Terry led the Hawks with 13 points off the bench.
Dundee-Crown plays again today at 11:15 a.m. against La Lumiere, which routed Walther Lutheran 81-31 in the first round.