SYCAMORE – Tired legs didn't seem to matter for Sycamore.
Despite playing its second game in 24 hours, there was still plenty at stake – rivalry bragging rights, playoff seeding implications – for the Spartans in Saturday's non-conference game against Genoa-Kingston.
Sycamore (11-3) set the tone from the start, scoring the first seven points of the contest and leading from start to finish in a dominating 68-41 win over G-K (10-5) at home.
"It's tough because we're all tired. But we always put so much effort in," Sycamore wing Cooper Vinz said. "Overall, our chemistry was really good tonight."
Sycamore played balanced offensively from the first possession. When G-K tried to give help after the ball entered the post, Vinz made the Cogs pay, knocking down three 3-pointers and tallying 11 points in the first quarter to spark Sycamore to a 22-5 lead after eight minutes.
G-K dealt with the unfortunate combination of a bad shooting night and a plethora of turnovers as the Cogs recorded only four made shots in the first half. But with eight consecutive made free throws in the second quarter, the Cogs cut the deficit to 14 at the half on a layup from Connor Bankson.
"Decision-making early on in the game was not good for us," G-K coach Corey Jenkins said. "It wasn't for lack of effort, we were playing hard ... we dug ourselves a hole and it was tough to get out of that.
"Our turnover total has been low, [tonight was] not very characteristic of us."
However, that was as close as G-K would come as Sycamore pulled away shortly after the third quarter began. Two Mottet layups sandwiched a corner 3-pointer from Michael John Poorten and Sycamore reclaimed a 23-point lead midway through the third quarter.
Vinz would put the finishing touches on Sycamore's win late in the fourth quarter, knocking down two more triples to finish with five on the night.
"This is a fun group to coach because they come pretty motivated and want to play," Sycamore coach Andrew Stacy said. "They expect to play well so it's an easier job as a coach getting them ready to play."
Vinz led all scorers with 19 points while Mottet finished with 13 and Daniel Evans tallied nine.
Sal Lopez had 10 points for the Cogs while Tommy Hansen had eight.
"Offensively we've always been pretty good, but I think our defense is coming around with our pressure," Vinz said. "We're starting to wear teams down so we can play at our tempo."