MADISON, NJ - Chatham boys basketball coach Todd Ervin shuffled his lineups on Sunday, looking for a combination that might click on the offensive end for the Cougars.
"Just trying to get some lineups where we can hopefully score, more than we've been doing," Ervin said.
One player who showed he might be one of the missing pieces of the puzzle was junior guard James Platek, who dropped in a career-high 17 points, helping to a 60-37 win over Morris Knolls in the "Believe in a Cure" Showcase held at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
"Platek played very well today," Ervin said. "He's capable and he proved it today. He had a really good game."
Chatham (7-5) hit 10 3-pointers in the game, three apiece by Platek and Cam Rooney (13 points) as the Cougars more than doubled their point total from Thursday's loss at Mendham.
"We did a good job today," Ervin said. "We moved the ball, shared the ball and got a lot of good looks. It was good.
"We just didn't have enough ball movement (at Mendham). We got a lot of open threes. We actually moved the ball, swung it from side to side and got good looks."
Rooney opened the first quarter with a 3-pointer, igniting a 9-0 run for Chatham. Senior guard Luke Fekete hit two 3-pointers in the period, the second staking the Cougars to a 14-5 advantage,
Platek entered the game in the second quarter and hit his first three shots, a pull-up jumper, a 3-pointer (see below) and a side jumper.
The hot start prompted Platek to keep shooting (see interview below).
Chatham widened its lead to 46-29 in the third period when Rooney hit two more 3-pointers, E.J. Leskauskas hit one and Platek added a fast-break layup off a pass from Fekete and also drove to the basket for a reverse layup.
Platek capped his breakout game by sinking two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.