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Boys Basketball: Glenbard South crushes Chicago Christian

Updated: December 28, 2013 12:01AM

Chicago Christian’s Brad Fitzpatrick won the tipoff, but the first quarter belonged to Glenbard South.

The Raiders pressured Chicago Christian into seven first-period turnovers to help build a 20-4 lead on their way to a 62-36 win Friday night in the small school semifinals of the Romeoville Christmas Classic.

Fleet Glenbard South guard Chaun Rickette scored 11 first-quarter points to fuel the run, including a steal and layup and two three-pointers.

“From the get-go, I was ready,’’ Rickette said. “We were coming off a win in our first game and I was ready to get after it. Our coach said if we pressure them, since they’re a young team, they could stumble.’’

“We’ve been talking, especially the month of December, just making sure we get a good start,’’ Glenbard South coach Wade Hardtke said. “The pressure was able to help us set the tone we wanted and get the pace up.’’

Rickette and guard Alex Jeske both finished with 20 points. Connor Willis and John Marks each had six points and Marks also had six rebounds.

Chicago Christian closed to within six points three times in the third quarter before a jumper by Willis and back-to-back threes by Jeske gave Glenbard South (5-4) a 41-27 cushion with 2:45 left in the period.

“Jeske has been playing big for us all year long on both ends of the floor,’’ Hardtke said.

Daylon Washington led Chicago Christian (5-6) with nine points off the bench. Marcus Parker scored eight points and Fitzpatrick had 10 rebounds.

“We just completely got punched in the face in the first quarter, the first half, and just did nothing about it,’’ Chicago Christian coach Kevin Pittman said. “All I did was challenge them a little bit at halftime.’’

Chicago Christian was down 27-10 late in the first half and put together a 13-2 run that stretched into the third quarter and cut Glenbard’s lead to 29-23 with five minutes left in the period.

“I saw how they could play, but we have to play that way in bigger stretches, that’s all,’’ Pittman said.

Saturday’s small school title game will match Glenbard South against Oak Forest, a 77-51 winner over Lincoln-Way West.

“That’s a tough match-up all the way around,’’ Hardtke said. “They’ve got big guards that can defend and a big man down low. They look like a well-balanced, very athletic team.’’

“The last two years we didn’t get to the championship,’’ Rickette said. “This year I’m ready. I can go right now.’’

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