DOWNERS GROVE – Jayvon Thomas can dice up a defense in a variety of ways.
York’s leading scorer showed off his long-range ability during a Feb. 12 conference game against Downers Grove North, sinking six 3-pointers and scoring a game-high 24 points as the Dukes cruised to a 63-49 victory.
“I felt really good early,” Thomas said. “I came out looking to shoot, knocked down a couple threes in the first quarter and just got in a zone. My teammates did a great job of working the offense and getting me the ball when I was open.”
Thomas was perfect from the field in the first quarter, going 5-for-5 from behind the arc and powering the Dukes 17-11 lead after eight minutes. He then knocked down his first shot of the second quarter, a 3-pointer, and finished with 20 first-half points as the Dukes led 30-17 going into the locker room.
“Jayvon has really shot the ball well all year for us,” York head coach Vince Doran said. “He’s capable of doing that any night, it’s not a fluke. He constantly sees a lot of attention, but is scoring more than 20 points per game in spite of that.
“Tonight was a special performance by Jayvon. It seemed like he didn’t hit the rim in the first half. It was really fun to watch.”
DGN made a run in the third quarter to pull within four points, but a Joe Pierotti bucket followed by a John Morrissey 3-pointer jumpstarted a 12-1 Dukes run to end the quarter. Another Thomas three to open the fourth increased York’s lead to 50-32, putting the game out of reach.
In addition to Thomas’ 24 points, Patrick Grabowski scored in double figures with 11 points.
On Saturday, York fell 49-42 against Oak Park-River Forest, snapping the Dukes’ three-game winning streak. They stumbled again Tuesday in a 50-42 loss against Proviso West.
The Dukes will try to regain their footing today when they go on the road to take on Hinsdale Central at 7:30 p.m. York wraps the regular season with a West Suburban Conference crossover game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at York.
Downers Grove North 49
York top performers
Jayvon Thomas: 24 points
Patrick Grabowski: 11 points
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