By George M. Wilcox
Plenty has been written about Proviso Easts four starters entering this season, but senior guard Paris Burns, the Pirates fifth starter, proved Friday he can be a factor as well this season.Burns scored a season-high 30 points as No. 3 Proviso East beat host Hinsdale South 74-58 Friday night in the West Suburban Gold.Burns, a transfer from Curie, had 19 points at halftime and 13 points in the first quarter. He scored the games first seven points as the Pirates (7-0, 2-0) jumped out to a 11-2 lead. In the second quarter, Proviso East scored 12 consecutive points to take a 37-16 lead.Playing with Keith Carter and Sterling Brown, we are right on the money, Burns said. Everything is clicking. Thats one thing about the Pirates. We play as a team. Were family.Several of Burns points were scored on steals turned into length-of-the-court drives.It was the quietest 30 Ive ever seen, first-year Proviso East coach Donnie Boyce said.Brown added 13 points for Proviso East while Michael Nicholas added 10 points off the bench.The Pirates had little trouble after opening a 23-9 lead to end the first quarter.For Hinsdale South (3-5, 1-2), center Brock Benson, scored 25 points and had six rebounds before fouling out with 5:21 remaining in the game. Jerry Stoltz scored 12 points, including three three-pointers.This game was a learning experience, Benson said. Weve got to play defense and play it all the time.