Senior guards Justin Scholler and Ely Grimmer chipped in 14 points apiece Friday night to help visiting Maine West edge the Palatine Pirates 56-52 in the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic.
The Warriors led 15-13 after the first quarter and the game was tied at 31 at intermission.
But a 7-0 run to close out the third quarter by Maine West proved to be the difference as Palatine got themselves into foul trouble and were beset by a rash of turnovers in the second half.
"What you saw out there was typical stuff from a team with a lot of guys playing in their first varsity game," said Pirates head coach Eric Millstone. "And the kids who were returning, didn't have a bunch of experience…so it's typical, but fixable."
The Warriors led 46-42 after three and never relinquished the lead for the victory.
Pirates sophomore forward Julian Campbell showed a lot of promise leading all scorers with 15 points. Senior forward Ben Storm chipped in 12 points.
"He's a presence out there," Millstone said of Campbell. "When he understands the importance of playing with a motor all the time, there's not going to be too many kids that can stop him…when he's going and he's feeling it, working hard, that's a good kid to have on your side."
The Pirates will look to earn its first victory of the season on Wednesday when they square off against DuSable at 6:30p.m.