WOODSTOCK – Marian Central had everything working – crisp passes, quality shots falling and an energy level of sugar-buzzed grade schoolers just let out for recess.
St. Edward barely had broken a sweat before it was down by double digits.
Guards Derreck Caldez and Adam Pischke sparked the offense from the outside, while the defense scrambled and often gave the Green Wave only one chance.
“We came out with some energy,” Caldez said. “[St. Edward] beat us last time and we kind of let it get away. We wanted to make a statement. We came out fast with a lot of intensity.”
It resulted in one of the Hurricanes’ best performances as they defeated St. Edward, 60-44, in their Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division boys basketball victory Friday night.
“It’s definitely one of the best games we’ve played,” said Pischke, a sophomore who led all players with 13 points. “Once we started hitting shots, we got more confident and built off that. The best thing was our defense, we held them to seven points in the first quarter, that was a real good defensive effort.”
Caldez scored eight points, with two 3-pointers, in the first quarter. Pischke had five with a 3 of his own as the Hurricanes (13-15 overall, 6-4 SCC Gold) jumped to a 19-7 first-quarter lead.
Marian held St. Edward (18-7, 6-3) to one basket in the first 6:30 of the second quarter and led 34-16 at halftime.
“I’m not sure we ever got off the bus,” said Green Wave coach P.J. White, whose team beat Marian, 56-48, on Jan. 10 in Elgin. “They beat us from the tip-off until the end of the game at every position. We got a few open shots, but they just didn’t go in. We didn’t get enough shots to beat them the way they were playing.”
Marian was coming off a 78-66 loss at IC Catholic in Elmhurst Thursday night, but showed no ill effects from that setback.
“It was a tough loss, but I told them, ‘Forget it, we have a big one tomorrow,’ ” Caldez said. “We had to have a short memory.”
Although the Hurricane also seemed motivated by their first loss to St. Edward. They were all over the Green Wave from the start.
“This is one of our better games we played all season,” Hurricanes coach Curtis Price said. “Defensively, the kids were active and down on the floor and it seemed like we were always a step ahead of what [St. Edward] wanted to do. That’s something we’ve been preaching to the kids all season. I was proud of the way we came out and their intensity level. For some reason we came out and were ready to go.”
Caldez finished with 10 points, while Matt Ricchiuto and Wyatt Lindell added eight each. Ricchiuto grabbed nine rebounds and Nick Waytula had a game-high 11. Marian outrebounded the Wave, 49-34, for the game.