York contains Schaumburg star Chris Hodges, punches ticket to Jack Tosh title game
Tim Glavan took just one shot for York Monday night, Denton Rhode didn’t take any. And Dan Wagner didn’t even play against Schaumburg in the semifinals of the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic. But they played major roles in the victory.
Tim Glavan took just one shot for York Monday night, Denton Rhode didn’t take any.
And Dan Wagner didn’t even play against Schaumburg in the semifinals of the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic.
But they all played big roles in the Dukes’ 49-33 win.
Wagner’s job was to simulate Schaumburg’s 6-8 Wisconsin recruit Chris Hodges in York’s walkthrough earlier in the day. And Glavan and Wagner had the task of guarding Hodges during the game.
The plan worked better than anyone on the York side could have dreamed.
Hodges managed just one shot andfinished with two points, though he did grab a game-high 10 rebounds.
“He’s an awesomeplayer,” said York assistant Rob Wostratzky, who was subbing for head coach Vince Doran. “That’s what’s fun about this tournament, getting a chance to play against (Rolling Meadows’) Max Christie (Saturday), Hodges tonight-- who are going to play at a really high level.”
The key to stopping Hodges was simple.
“He’s such a great player, you can’t let him catch it,” Wostratzky said. “And our guys didn’t tonight.”
Post defense has been a strength for the No. 19 Dukes (12-1) this season, but they’ve never had to devote two players to it full time until Monday.
Glavan and Rohde were up to the challenge.
“It starts at the beginning of the season, me, Denton and Dan Wagner, we’re all competitive in practice,” Glavan said. “All season long we’re fighting each other, we’re getting after each other.
“Coach Dubs (Wostratzky) did a great job with our game plan, me and Denton executed it.”
Rohde liked the idea that he and Glavan were in the spotlight defensively.
“I came into this game extremely confident, probably the most confident of any game. This was under our control,” he said.
“I trust our guards, but I came into it (thinking) it was Tim and me guarding him. The coaches told us what to do and we did it.”
On the other end of the court, the Dukes were led by Nate Shockey, who scored a game-high 22, grabbed six rebounds and had four steals. Jeff Grace added 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting.
“Jeff is an animal when he drives,” Glavan said. “He drives strong and hits you hard. He’s not going to fade away from contact.”
Jared Schoo led Schaumburg (12-3) with 12 points.
“I think we can concede that last year’s group was more talented,” Rohde said. “But we have all the chemistry in the world.”
York will face Bolingbrook in the title game on Tuesday at 3 p.m.