Boys Basketball: Illiana Christian rallies past Chicago Christian
By Tim Young For Sun-Times Media January 11, 2013 11:34PM
Updated: February 14, 2013 6:36AM
Illiana Christian’s Jon Zandstra doesn’t like to lose. Especially to one of the Vikings’ biggest rivals, Chicago Christian.
Illiana Christian found itself down 12 points at halftime on the road at Chicago Christian, but Zandstra refused to let his team falter Friday night.
The senior guard came out of the locker room for the second half and caught fire, knocking down four three-pointers in the first four minutes of the third quarter to give the Vikings a 38-37 lead on the way to a 58-53 victory.
“I needed to do whatever I could,” he said. “I just felt I had it going.”
Zandstra finished with 25 points and seven rebounds.
It wasn’t just the execution on the offensive end that led to the comeback victory, Illiana Christian coach Tom Roozeboom said.
“They were killing us while we were in man so we went to a 1-2-2 zone,” he said. “We had to shut down (Kaleb DeJager). He was killing us in the middle.”
The Vikings held DeJager scoreless in the second half after he had eight points before the intermission.
It wasn’t just DeJager who struggled for Chicago Christian (6-8) in the second half. Illiana Christian (12-7) limited the Knights to just four baskets in the second half, three of them coming in the final minutes of the game.
Knights coach Kevin Pittman easily summed up the second half.
“They hit shots and we didn’t,” he said.
Pittman also reminded his team this isn’t the end of the season.
“My end of the year speech isn’t ready,” he said. “It’s just one game.”