York’s boys basketball team knew it was not a one-man team.
Friday night the Dukes proved it.
In a game where Colorado State-bound guard David Cohn didn’t need to carry the load, York snared a solid 60-48 West Suburban Silver win over previously unbeaten Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn.
The Dukes’ 6-foot-8 post duo of Frank Toohey and Justin Kurash combined for 30 points and 22 rebounds as York (7-1, 3-0) shifted the focus from the backcourt to the frontcourt against a smaller Glenbard West (6-1, 2-1) lineup.
“They’re a good team, undefeated, and we came in and did what we needed to do,” said Toohey, a junior who had 16 points and 12 rebounds. “That was part of game plan, to get it in. We definitely had an advantage inside.”
Cohn, averaging better than 20 points a game, didn’t score until a buzzer-beating basket to end the third quarter. Surprisingly, the Dukes still took a 45-34 lead to the final period.
Finding other ways to contribute, including a flurry of second-half assists, Cohn, who made 7 of 8 free throws while tallying 9 points, added to a team effort for York.
“I think David would be the first one to tell you we’re not a one-man show,” said York coach Vince Doran. “He struggled shooting it, but he played hard on the defensive end and he kind of ran the show for us and did other things. That’s what we look for him to do. You know, we have other good players.”
York trailed only once at 3-2 before taking the lead for good by holding Glenbard West scoreless for nearly six minutes. One basket in 12 first-quarter attempts nearly buried the Hilltoppers, but they stayed within 22-19 late in the first half.
York extended the advantage to 43-25 midway through the third quarter and held a double-digit lead for most of the second half.
Dikiria Washington scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the first half for Glenbard West, which also received 11 points from sophomore Keith Hayes.
“I think we showed a lack of poise in a few aspects,” said Hilltoppers coach Tim Hoder. “We showed some frustration when things didn’t go well for us. They’ve got a lot to guard. They’re awful good. Their bigs are tough. If you’re going to load up on that, they’ve got stuff on the perimeter.”
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