Boys Basketball: Stagg takes down Schaumburg
By Matt Le Cren For Sun-Times Media December 27, 2013 6:18PM
Updated: January 30, 2014 6:43AM
Steals are good, but they don’t mean a thing if a team can’t convert them into points at the other end.
Stagg guard Kevin White made sure he made the most of his four thefts Friday. He turned all of them into coast-to-coast layups to punctuate a great defensive effort by the Chargers, who knocked off Schaumburg 45-33 in the second round of York’s 40th annual Jack Tosh Holiday Classic.
“We looked to really get in the passing lanes,” White said. “We didn’t have such a great game on the defensive end (Thursday in a 57-56 win over Lane), so we really wanted to put the pressure on them (Friday) and I think we did that.”
Stagg (11-2) had nine steals overall, which doesn’t seem like an incredible amount, but they came at opportune times. Max Strus had a steal and dunk to put the Chargers ahead 7-6 and they never trailed again.
White, who had a game-high 19 points, scored the next six points, including a steal and layup, and the Chargers were on their way.
The 33 points were the fewest allowed this season by Stagg, which had struggled at the defensive end recently after winning its first eight games of the season.
“I think we came out lax after we started well (this season) but we really want to focus on our defense,” White said. “Our coaches really take pride in our defense, and we haven’t really been playing to their expectations. We really wanted to come out and play hard-nosed defense and I think we did that.”
Schaumburg (6-6), which scored just 18 points through three quarters and trailed by as many as 19, never got on track offensively, going just 3-of-23 from three-point range and failing to consistently find any openings with their motion offense.
“First of all, I think my assistant did a great job of prepping the kids,” Stagg coach John Daniels said. “We only had one day to prepare but our assistants did a real good job of calling out their stuff and translating it to our stuff, so the kids sort of had a step advantage and we didn’t really get surprised with the back screen and that really helped.
“And I thought our defensive rotation was really good. We probably had four steals off what we call secondary rotations.”
Strus finished with 11 points and nine rebounds for Stagg, while Jeff Goral had five points and seven rebounds. Joshua Rahn and Demetrios Roumbos led the Saxons with five points each.