AURORA — It featured three passes, no dribbles and some razzle-dazzle that turned into a three-point play.
While most of the home fans appreciated the highlight reel, pardon Aurora head boys basketball coach T.J. Henderson if he felt the play was a bit cringeworthy.
“It was one of those things where Ethan had a layup and he gave it to Gabe,” Henderson said. “I was like, ‘Ethan, what are you doing?’”
Maybe that sequence was a little too stomach-churning for the Greenmen head man.
But he’ll gladly take the result.
Host Aurora earned its second straight win after posting a 71-60 victory over Kent Roosevelt Friday.
With the win, the Greenmen, who won five of their first six games before falling on hard times, improved to 8-6 overall and 4-4 in the Suburban League American Conference.
The Rough Riders, who started four underclassmen, dropped to 4-11 overall and 0-8 in the conference.
Hays, a junior guard/forward, received a long pass from senior forward Jack Arnold. Hays had a wide-open layup, but he decided to pass the ball to Elsawy, who was running full speed.
Elsawy caught the pass and finished with his left hand. He also converted the free throw for a three-point play.
“I was joking with the ref, ‘We talk about moving the ball and not being selfish with it and now we’re being too unselfish with it,’” Henderson said.
Fortunately, the Greenmen had a 64-53 lead at the time. As for the opponent, it may have been an opportunity wasted for Roosevelt.
The Rough Riders had a 24-22 lead late in the first half before Aurora pulled away in the second half. The Greenmen built a double-digit lead in the third quarter, thanks to a 12-2 run.
“I thought it was a little bit of a step back for us,” third-year Roosevelt head coach Christian Hunter said. “Aurora came out and they imposed their style of play. We tried to do some things we’re not coached to do.”
In the end, the Greenmen’s ball-moving exhibition was too much for the Rough Riders. And the duo of Hays and Elsawy were particularly lethal.
Hays finished with game-high 26 points and Elsawy scored 22 points. Junior forward Lenny Feckner added 10 points off the bench for Aurora.
Roosevelt’s starting backcourt of junior Zachary Common and Kristian Daetwyler finished with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
“We have a lot of young guys on the team,” Hunter said. “The future is bright. Some of these learning experiences aren’t always easy. I thought we lost our composure (Friday).”