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Collinsville holds off Edwardsville, opens 6-0 for first time in 30 years

December 5, 2011
By Chris Kusnerick of Collinsville High School

EDWARDSVILLE • Daryn Foster's 26 points helped the Collinsville boys basketball team do something it hasn't done in 30 years -- open a season with six wins in a row.

Foster, Jaris Wellmaker and J'Vaughn Williams combined for 55 points as the visiting Kahoks defeated Edwardsville 61-54 in the Southwestern Conference opener for both schools Friday at Lucco-Jackson Gymnasium.

Collinsville is 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference. Edwardsville, playing in its season and league opener, is 0-1 and 0-1.

Wellmaker scored 15 and Williams 14 for Collinsville. For Edwardsville, Tre' Harris led the way with 17 points, while Garrett Covington added 15 and Josh White 11.

The last time a Kahoks team started this fast was in 1981-82 when they opened the season 14-0.

"That's unbelievable," Collinsville coach Darin Lee said. "That's unbelievable it's been that long."

Collinsville's streak nearly was knocked off track in the early going. Edwardsville jumped in front 14-8 with 1 minute, 18 seconds to go in the first quarter, but the Kahoks went on a 13-0 run in the first and second quarters that pushed the game out of reach.

Collinsville hit three straight 3-point bombs in a 40-second span at the end of the quarter to grab a 17-14 advantage after eight minutes. Foster had two of the baskets and Wellmaker added the third. Then Williams, who struggled in the team's first five games, added four points to start the second quarter as Collinsville moved toward a 36-25 halftime lead.

"He's an offensive force," Lee said of Foster. "He got us going. He was big."

"I was hitting my shot and everybody was contributing to everything," said Foster, who made 10 of 12 from the field and pulled down five rebounds. "Our coach told us they were going to pressure us, and we were going to get a lot of run outs. And we did."

Edwardsville pulled to four points three times in the last 2:40, but that was as close as it could get.

"I think they did a very good job attacking our zone," Edwardsville coach Mike Waldo said. "Their schemes were good and their timing was good. It was clear they were well prepared to play against our zone."

Lee said winning the first conference game of the season was important.

"The last two years, we've dug ourselves a hole," he said. "Both years we've started out 0-2 and never gave us a chance to get into the race."

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