ALGONQUIN – Cary-Grove junior guard Jason Gregoire displayed his aggressive nature in a good way Monday at Jacobs’ Hinkle Holiday Classic.
Gregoire, who felt he had struggled with his outside shot, attacked the basket and was rewarded with a 36-point performance as the Trojans defeated Jefferson, 59-50, in their Pool II game at the Eagles’ Nest.
Gregoire was 14 of 16 from the free-throw line while netting his career-high in points. C-G is 4-6 overall, 1-1 in Pool II.
“I did a good job being aggressive and going to the basket,” Gregoire said. “I got a lot of free throws, it wasn’t like I was making a living on 3-pointers.”
Gregoire his two 3sand had two other 3-point plays and scored half of his points in C-G’s 25-point fourth quarter.
“We’ve been struggling, we really needed this win,” Trojans coach Ralph Schuetzle said. “Jason kind of went on a roll and started attacking the basket and getting fouled. We seemed to get more confident as the game went on.”
Schuetzle also credited Jimmy Perkins, who hit a key 3 in the fourth quarter, and Devin McDonough, who hit a pair of free throws near the end to hold off the J-Hawks.
Carmel 58, Crystal Lake Central 28: The Corsairs (8-2, 2-0 Pool II) remained unbeaten in pool play as 6-10 John George scored 23 points to beat the Tigers (0-11, 0-2).
Cavanagh Murphy led Central with 10 points.
Lakes 85, Tilden 44: The Eagles (3-7, 1-1) got 21 points from Tramone Hudson and 17 from Dave Milostan to beat the Blue Devils (5-5, 1-1).
South Elgin 77, Barrington 66: Darius Wells scored 20 points and Matt McClure added 18 as the Storm moved to 1-1 in Pool III with a victory over the Broncos.
Crystal Lake South 75, Marian Central 61: Austin Rogers scored 22 points and reserve guard Collin Wagner added 14 as the Gators (9-1, 1-1) defeated the Hurricanes (5-5, 0-2) in their Pool IV game.
Chris Mahoney added 10 for South. Adam Pischke scored 19 points to lead the Hurricanes.
Zion-Benton 66, Bartlett 34: Milik Yarbrough scored 19 and Admiral Schofield added 12 as the Zee-Bees (9-1, 2-0 Pool IV) assured themselves a spot in the championship bracket.
E.C. Nichols Tournaments
MARENGO — Richmond-Burton had four players score in doubles figures and was led by Sam Kaufman who scored 18 points to lead the Rockets to a 67-56 win over Stillman Valley. Brian Wells added 15 points while Joe St. Pierre added 14 with Reggie Banks scoring 11 in the win.
The Rockets (6-3) also won against Antioch, 46-30, in the first game Monday and improved to 3-0 in Pool B and clinched a spot in the first-place bracket, which will begin play Friday night.
Westminster Christian 60, Woodstock North 54: Josh Jandron led the Thunder (2-9) with 19 points. He made five baskets and was 8 of 10 from the free-throw line while teammate Leonel Ortiz scored 10 points in the loss.
The Thunder drop to 0-3 in Pool A.
Round Lake 64, Harvard 43: Justin Nolen scored a team-high 17 points for the Hornets (1-5) as they drop to 0-2 in Pool play. The Hornets have one more game left in pool play and will face Grant at 9 a.m. on Friday.
Woodstock 52, Grant 47: Damian Stoneking scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Blue Streaks (4-6). Mitch Kohley was also in double figures, scoring 12 points in the win.
Woodstock moves to 2-0 in Pool B and will face Round Lake at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
Elgin Holiday Tournament: At Elgin, the Dundee-Crown boys basketball team erased a 20-point halftime deficit to come back and defeat Englewood, 50-48, in the opening round game. Caleb Parson scored 12 points and Nick Munson added 10 to lead the Chargers.
Prairie Ridge 51, Lake Zurich 38: Maddie Drain scored 15 points and Sarah LeBeau added 11 as the Wolves (7-4) defeated the Bears.
LeBeau hit three 3s, while Sarah Kilhoffer added nine points for Prairie Ridge.
Niles West 51, Cary-Grove 41: The Trojans lost in the first round of the tourney. Katie Barker led the Trojans (9-5) with 14 points. Chrissy Sopchyk scored nine points and Sarah Kendeigh added five.
McHenry 56, Addison Trail 23: At Riverside, the Warriors won their opening game of the tournament. Katlyn Sena led the team with 13 points. Mckayla Snedeker scored 12 points and Lindsay Skinner and Sawyer Lay each added eight.
Wheaton North Classic
Glenbard South 57, Jacobs 38: At Wheaton, the Eagles fell in the first round of the tournament. Jacobs couldn't recover after being outsocred 18-1 in the first quarter. Carly Sidor led the team with 13 points and Tiffany Frighetto added seven.