Boys Basketball: York stops Sandburg
By Chris Walker For Sun-Times Media December 27, 2013 10:12PM
Updated: January 30, 2014 6:43AM
Sandburg’s Omar Mansour went coast to coast early in the second quarter of Friday’s second-round game against host York in the 40th Jack Tosh Holiday Classic.
His layup gave Sandburg a 14-13 lead with 6:02 before halftime, but the Eagles wouldn’t score again until Niko Cahue sank two free throws with six minutes left in the third quarter.
By that time, the Dukes had taken a 33-16 lead. They outscored Sandburg 17-2 in the second quarter, registered the first five points of the third quarter and remained perfect on the season with a 65-45 victory.
The Dukes (10-0) will meet St. Ignatius at 5 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.
“I thought we executed really well during that run and I thought our kids did a nice job of stringing together some stops,” York coach Vince Doran said. “Charlie (Rose) shot it really well and got on a roll, and the guys were smart enough to get him the ball.”
York took more charges in the first half (2) than it committed turnovers (1). The Dukes committed just three turnovers all game while Sandburg had 16.
“I thought we converted on eight of nine possessions during that one stretch,” Doran said. “Obviously, that’s a positive we hopefully can carry into (Saturday).”
York made 8-of-15 shots from beyond the three-point arc, with Rose (14 points) leading the way. He drained three during the second quarter.
“We moved the ball really well there, and the three-pointers were just there for everybody, not just for me,” Rose said. “We’re very balanced, so whoever is hot gets the ball and we feed off them.”
Sandburg (4-6) was able to hang with the Dukes for the first quarter, getting half its 12 points on three-pointers from Alec Martinez and Niko Kogionis.
“We started missing some shots and things got away from us there in the second quarter,” Sandburg coach Todd Allen said. “They’re a good team. Probably the best team we’ve played this year — and we’ve played some decent teams.”
Frank Toohey added 13 points for the winners. Cahue led Sandburg with 15.