DOWNERS GROVE – Two weeks into the regular season, the focus for Downers Grove North’s boys basketball team is finding more consistent play.
After alternating wins and losses at the Wheaton Academy Thanksgiving Tournament, the Trojans dropped their first West Suburban Silver game, falling 59-35 to defending conference champion Hinsdale Central to move to 2-3 in the regular season.
Devin Blake scored 10 points in a losing effort against Central, as the Trojans trailed by four points at halftime but committed turnovers on 11 straight possessions in the third quarter.
“We are making the mistakes that young teams commit when they play good competition,” head coach Jim Thomas said. “On offense, we have a lot of good, young talented players; they just need to learn to take what the defense gives you.”
Blake has shouldered the offensive burden in the absence of junior guard Myles Farley, who is almost ready to return to the Trojans’ lineup after tearing his ACL in the final game of the 2012-13 season.
David Edwards is also battling through a leg injury, which he suffered during the recent football season.
Edwards has been a defensive wall when he suits up, recently holding Central’s Matt Rafferty to his lowest point total of the season. Led by Edwards and senior forward Ray Greco – whose tenacity and athletic ability make him one of the best team’s defenders – the Trojans have excelled when they rebound well and win the battles for loose balls.