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Boys Basketball: Stagg off to sizzling start

Updated: December 29, 2012 6:17AM



Stagg was off to a perfect 4-0 start entering Tuesday’s game against Argo.

What pleases coach John Daniels most is the Chargers’ versatility on offense.

Senior forward Sean Dwyer, one of the area’s top three-point threats, is a well-known commodity and off to a fine start, averaging 15.5 points and 5.3 rebounds a game.

But it’s the improved play of Max Strus (13 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3 assists) and arrival of Kevin White, a transfer from Lincoln-Way West, that has benefited the Chargers most.

White is averaging a team-high 15.8 points and 6 assists. Most impressive, he’s committed just six turnovers in four games.

“The nice thing is we have more scoring,” said Daniels, in his 10th season. “I’m also happy with how hard we’ve played.”

What Daniels isn’t too pleased with is his team’s performance on the defensive end. The Chargers have allowed three opponents to reach 50 points.

“We’re not doing a very good job defensively,” he said. “We’re giving up too many points in transition. The good news is that they’re things we can work on and improve.”

Daniels praised the improved play of forward Kamil Barnas (8 points, 3.3 rebounds) and Steve Kubiak (7 points, 3 rebounds).

Rough start for Sandburg

Sandburg coach Todd Allen hasn’t had much to be pleased about, his team suffering from an 0-3 start.

The Eagles, while young, were expected to be competitive. But the loss of junior Malek Harris, a DePaul and Iowa recruit who averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds last season, is a huge blow.

“He’s not with us until Dec. 28,” Allen said. “No one else played varsity ball last year.”

Allen had no further comment as to why his star player would be out until then.

Niko Cahue has picked up some of the slack. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior scored 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in a loss to Hinsdale South.

For the Eagles to prosper, sophomores Alec Martinez and Niko Kogionis must shorten their learning curve to varsity ball.



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