Warriors Topple Pirates in Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic
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.