Boys Basketball: Yorkville tames Lincoln-Way West
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media January 20, 2014 4:34PM
Yorkville’s Dakota Gette (left) and Lincoln-Way West’s Jon Marotta battle for a rebound Monday. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 20, 2014 9:51PM
Despite playing its third game in four days, Yorkville showed no signs of fatigue, posting a 59-41 win Monday over Lincoln-Way West at the MLK Day of Hoops in Joliet.
The Foxes won their third straight and improved to 11-7. Lincoln-Way West fell to 8-5.
“We’ve played a lot of games recently, but we’ve had different kids step up the last three games to keep us fresh,” Yorkville coach Dan McGuire said.
Monday, that distinction went to Kyle Domark, who came off the bench to lead all scorers with 16 points.
“I was feeling really good out there, especially in the first half,” said Domark, who scored 11 points in the second quarter. “We’re in good condition. Coach does a really good job with that.”
“He executed what we wanted him to do,” McGuire said.
“We had them scouted well, but I didn’t see (Domark) do anything close to that,” West coach Jon White said. “They were well coached and well prepared. They took our size away from us most of the game.”
Trailing 7-2, West outscored Yorkville 10-3, capped by John Marotta’s floater in the lane, which gave the Warriors a 12-10 lead with 1:20 left in the first quarter. Another bucket by Marotta allowed the Warriors to take a 14-12 lead into the second.
Domark scored eight straight points to cap a 15-2 surge to give the Foxes a 27-16 lead with 2:39 to go in the half. West had just one made basket in the first six minutes of the second quarter. Dakota Gette’s three-pointer just before the horn gave Yorkville a 33-21 halftime lead.
Yorkville opened up a 39-23 lead, but settled for a 46-35 edge going into the fourth quarter. The Foxes played keepaway against the Warriors’ trapping defense most of the fourth quarter.
“This is huge especially beating a big school like Lincoln-Way West,” Domark said. “We just moved up to (Class) 4A, so this was big for us.”
Gette added 12 points and Cedric Payne chipped in 10 for the Foxes. Hayden Witt was the lone Warrior in double figures with 12.
“We were coming off a big, emotional win over Andrew on Friday and came out well (Monday),” White said. “Their defensive intensity got us rattled a little bit. We’re going to have to learn how to handle defensive pressure a little better and that’s on me.”