Versatile Selway propels Villa Park past El Modena
VILLA PARK – Junior Luke Selway had to do a little bit of everything for Villa Park's boys basketball team Friday night: score, rebound and play his old position.
Selway, who played point guard last season before switching to shooting guard this year, was back on the ball against Century League opponent El Modena, and he led the No. 7 Spartans to a 65-55 victory.
El Modena (10-12, 2-5) made a concerted effort to keep the ball out of the hands of Villa Park's usual point guard, Kevin Olsen, and that put it in Selway's hands. A move that was meant to disrupt the Spartans' offensive flow seemingly made Selway that much more productive. He finished with 12 points, 18 rebounds, four assists and five steals for the Spartans (17-4, 7-0).
Selway consistently drove the lane and created havoc. The lefty used crafty dribble drives to set up his teammates, who in turn often found him open for layups.
Villa Park coach Kevin Reynolds said Selway was excellent.
"The biggest thing for us is we move to 7-0 in league," Reynolds said. "Luke has really been our rock. Lamont (Tyler) has been putting up the big numbers lately, but Luke is a three-year starter and I think is really one of the underrated players in Orange County."
El Modena trailed by 10 at halftime, but cut Villa Park's lead to seven midway through the third quarter. The Spartans responded with a 12-2 run to take a 45-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
After being held to two points in the first half, Villa Park center Lamont Tyler started using his size in the paint. He helped key the run that pushed the lead to double digits with a layup and then a blocked shot on the defensive end that led to an Olsen 3-pointer.
Reynolds knows the Century League race is far from over, despite his team's perfect mark.
"The Century League is always so tough, and really all about runs," he said. "They made their run at us in the third and we came right back at them and I'm proud of our team for that."
Senior Casey Hershfield led Villa Park with 18 points, including four 3-pointers.
Jackson Kollar had 15 in the loss for El Modena.