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Wildkit defense rests in road loss to St. Charles

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Evanston’s defense took the night off Tuesday following the long bus ride to St. Charles for a non-conference game with a Saints team ranked in the top 10 in the Chicago area.

The hosts poured in 41 points in the first half and shot 61 percent from the field for the game on their way to handing the Wildkits a 76-47 defeat, their most lopsided loss of the season.

Evanston slipped to 16-8 on the season entering Friday’s Central Suburban League South division finale at Niles West. St. Charles improved to 20-3 behind quicksilver guard Cole Gentry (16 points, 6 assists) and Evan DiLeonardi (18 points).

Nojel Eastern topped Evanston with 9 points and Elijah Henry added 8.

“That was our worst defensive game of the year,” said ETHS head coach Mike Ellis. “Combine our inferior effort versus a skilled offensive team, and that’ll be the result. Our effort just wasn’t there tonight. We got out-played, we got out-hustled and we got out-coached. St. Charles played a lot harder than we did for all 32 minutes.”

Evanston trailed 41-26 at halftime and never got closer than 13 points the rest of the game.

Source: ETHS Sports Information

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