ROCKFORD — The South Elgin Storm dashed any hopes of an all-NIC-10 sectional final behind a dominating performance from 6-7 center Vincent Miszkiewicz.
Miszkiewicz scored 17 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, blocked four shots and even led the fast break for four assists to lead the Storm to a 57-35 win Wednesday night in the IHSA Class 4A sectional semifinal at Rock Valley College.
South Elgin improved to 26-8 on the season. Friday, the Storm will play East (32-2) for the sectional title at 7 p.m.
South Elgin improved to 2-0 against the NIC-10 this year. The Storm beat Jefferson, 78-56, back on Dec. 27. The only other common opponents the two teams have are Elgin Larkin and St. Charles North. South Elgin beat Larkin twice, 55-42 and 69-58. East beat Larkin back in the RPS 205 Tip-Off Classic, 76-49. South Elgin beat St. Charles North, 57-51, and East beat the Stars, 51-46, on Tuesday.
To beat South Elgin, East will have to do a better job of attacking Miszkiewicz. The Storm played a zone where it aggressively harassed Harlem’s star guards, Treye Tucker and David Williams, behind the 3-point line and completely ignored any Huskies playing at the free throw line. When Harlem did throw it into the high post, a rotating set of players rarely attacked Miskiewicz and Harlem’s offense bogged down.
Williams, who scored 60 points in the regional to become Harlem’s third leading scorer in school history, attempted just nine shots and scored eight points. Tucker was the only Huskie to shine Wednesday. The senior point guard scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds, added five assists and three steals. No other Harlem player scored more than four.
Point guard Drake Montgomery, who likely will be matched up with East’s Chris Burnell, also starred Wednesday. Montgomery scored 14 points with five assists and five steals.
About the only thing the Storm didn’t do well Wednesday was shoot free throws. South Elgin made just six of 16. R.