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Boys Basketball notes: Saints ready to put tough losses behind them

St. Charles East's Justin Hardy (32) shoots the ball in the post over DeKalb's Michael Vilet (22) and Matthew Montavon (12) in Batavia Jan. 27.
St. Charles East's Justin Hardy (32) shoots the ball in the post over DeKalb's Michael Vilet (22) and Matthew Montavon (12) in Batavia Jan. 27.

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles East's rollercoaster season took another loop last week against Larkin, but the Saints will soon be turning their sights to racking up wins in postseason play.

The Royals clinched the Upstate Eight River title with a 60-56 victory over St. Charles East on the road on Feb. 8. Royals guard Kindrel Morris hit a go-ahead three with 48 seconds left, and Larkin converted free throws the rest of the way to hold off East – adding another tough loss to its resume.

"Winning conference was a goal of ours, but we’d rather be winning in March," Saints forward Justin Hardy said. "We might see [Larkin] again in regionals, and if we do, we’ll be ready."

The Saints re-grouped two days later and handled Waukegan 63-49 behind Zach Robinson and Hardy's combined 37 points.

"Waukegan was a nice test for us, and they play a different style than we often see. [They play a] little faster and [cause] more pressure. We handled it well and came out strong," Hardy said.

With three regular season games remaining following Feb. 13. against Batavia, Geneva and Foreman, East will soon do its best to rinse the sour taste left from last year's two-point loss as a No. 2 seed to Bartlett in the regional semifinal.

"[We] played awful and I can promise you that won’t happen again!" Hardy said.

McDonald gets recognized

During pregame vs. St. Charles North on Feb. 12, Geneva surprised point guard Jack McDonald with a brief ceremony for breaking the program assist record earlier this year

The 5-foot-11 junior guard was presented with a plaque from his coach, Scott Hennig.

The record of 230 assists previously held by 1999 graduate, Josh Rader, was smashed by McDonald with another year-and-a-half of his high school basketball career to go.

McDonald received a congratulatory text from Rader in recent days.

"Credit to my teammes and coach," McDonald said. "He's always drawing up these good plays and my teammates are making the shots. It's an honor to have the record."

Marmion skid continues

The Cadets' tough stretch of the season continued with two more losses over the last week, and continued the losing skid to eight consecutive losses dating back to Jan. 12. First, a 59-47 decision vs. Rock Island on Feb. 10, and a 20 point loss on the road to Fenwick on Feb. 12.

Slow start doesn't cost Knights

A sluggish first half for the Knights against Sycamore on Feb. 10 – where they only scored 19 points at the break – didn't end come back to haunt them. Rhett Espe led Kaneland with 11 points.

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