ELMHURST – York’s boys basketball team just keeps winning.
The Dukes knocked off Lyons Township 66-60 on Dec. 13 and they head into tonight’s game against Glenbard West with a 7-0 record.
The balanced, senior-dominated squad is turning heads by its winning ways. Could this team be even better than last year’s team that won Thanksgiving and holiday tournaments and a regional title?
“Different teams with different guys on the team, but I think we got the potential to be better than last year,” senior Frank Toohey said.
One reason for the early success is because the team works very well together and doesn’t rely on one player to carry the scoring load. The depth, experience and chemistry of the team have made York a tough team to match up with.
“We just work together well and have great chemistry together,” senior guard Charlie Rose said. “We’ve all been playing together since like fifth, sixth grade. It’s really nice because this is our last go around with each other. We’re enjoying it, having fun.”
It also helps to have a 6-foot-8 Division I recruit like Toohey at center.
Toohey, who is headed to Air Force, draws plenty of attention from opposing defenses, opening up the floor for the handful of York guards that can knock down open shots.
“When they double him we have open guys out on the wing,” Rose said. “We have advantages on a lot of positions, which is nice. We like to even it out and get it to everybody.”
Against Lyons, the Dukes closed the first half on a 12-4 run to take a 33-26 lead into halftime. Stanley Roberts led York with 17 points. Toohey scored 16 and Rose added 11.
York scored the first seven points of the third quarter to build up a 14-point lead before the Lions made a run to get back in the game and make it close down the stretch. The lead was never smaller than five.
Games have tightened up in West Suburban Silver play. York won five of its first six games by 16 or more points. The last two, the six-point win over LT and a four-point win over defending conference champion Hinsdale Central, have been tight contests.
“We’re making progress every day, every practice,” Toohey said. “It’s a long season. We can’t peak early. We got to make sure we have better things ahead of us.
“We knew we had a great team. We’re ready to do great things. I don’t think anyone is surprised.”