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Men’s College Basketball: Moraine Valley topples Waubonsee in overtime

Moraine Valley’s Johnte Shannmakes pass during Thursday night's game against Waubonsee. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

Moraine Valley’s Johnte Shannon makes a pass during Thursday night's game against Waubonsee. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 16, 2014 10:19PM



Moraine Valley hasn’t had many breaks this season.

So when Waubonsee’s Raheem Jackson drained a three-point basket with two-tenths of a second left to tie Thursday night’s game at 55, all the momentum briefly was sucked away from the Cyclones.

But the hosts recovered, outscoring the Chiefs 9-3 in the extra five minutes for a 64-58 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference win Thursday night in Palos Hills, snapping their losing streak at four.

“Usually with overtime games, we lack energy,” Moraine’s Kyle Ward said. “(Thursday) we had a little energy, a little more hustle and a little more heart.’’

Ward scored 17 points, including the first basket of overtime. Denton Wallace had five points in the overtime to finish with 15 for the Cyclones (5-12, 1-2).

The Cyclones finished second in the nation among NJCAA Division III schools last year and have fallen on hard times since new coach Dave Howard took over.

“It’s an entirely new coaching staff and an entirely new system,” Howard said. “But the guys are really starting to dig in. They know we don’t have the same firepower as last year. It’s been a very slow adjustment, but we’re hoping by the end of the season, we can be proud of our accomplishments.”

Waubonsee, less than 48 hours removed from a school-record five-overtime win over McHenry Country College, fell behind Moraine 16-3, but coach Dave Heiss wasn’t using that as an excuse.

“We got open looks, we just couldn’t find guys to hit the shots,” said Heiss, whose team fell to 8-10, 1-2.

“We didn’t execute and we didn’t play smart basketball. We missed free throws. We play a zone and slow things down so it’s not like we push the pace.”

Jackson (Rich East) had 29 points and Josh Lynn added 13 for the Chiefs.



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