By EDDIE CARIFIO
SYCAMORE – After three quarters, Patrick Mayfield was trailing the Sycamore boys basketball team by one point, 39-38.
Mayfield scored 38 for the Rockets, and Sycamore turned the ball over 25 times in a 68-51 win for Burlington Central on Tuesday.
“They got a really good player in [Mayfield], and he made some plays,” Sycamore coach Ryan Picolotti said. “We weren’t very active to help out. And I’m guessing we had close to 30 turnovers. We’re not going to win many games when that occurs.”
Mayfield didn’t play in the fourth quarter as both teams went mostly with reserves. The Spartans (2-4) outscored the Rockets (4-2) 12-2 in the fourth quarter.
Mayfield shot 14 of 17 in the game, including 2 for 4 on 3-pointers, and made all eight of his free throws.
“We were supposed to try to get the ball out of his hands, and it just didn’t work,” Picolotti said. “When he caught the ball we were supposed to come and double, get the ball out of his hands. We didn’t really execute the game plan very well.”
Turnovers were costly for the Spartans in the first half – they coughed it up 13 times, leading to 18 points for the Rockets.
Jackson Johnson, who only had two points at halftime, led the Spartans with 13 points.
“With some of our ball-handling issues we weren’t able to get him the ball in the first half,” Picolotti said. “We were in the second half, he got a couple off the board. He’s been doing a good job offensively for us.”
Burlington Central never trailed in the game. The Rockets used an early 9-0 run to go up 13-3. Mayfield capped the run with a bucket, kicking off a stretch of him scoring the next 25 points for the Rockets.
The Spartans came into the game with a win Friday at Kaneland.
“We had a couple bad games, then we came out and played a nice game at Kaneland,” Picolotti said. “We have to see what we want. We have to pick up the intensity in practice, and we have some fundamental things that have to get better before we worry about any types of X’s and O’s.”
By the numbers: Grant McConkey scored eight for the Spartans. Mayfield also had seven rebounds and four steals in the win. Ben Gehant led the Spartans with four rebounds.
Beyond the stats: Burlington Central improved to 4-1 at Sycamore this year – the Rockets took second in the Strombom tournament hosted by the Spartans.
Up next: The Spartans host Rochelle at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Rockets head to Harlem at 7 p.m. Saturday.