Boys Basketball: Glenbard South denies Illiana Christian
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media February 4, 2014 9:18PM
Updated: February 4, 2014 10:17PM
Glenbard South’s Chaun Rickette was doing everything he could offensively in the first half, but his team trailed 38-29. The guard knew he had to step up the rest of his game.
“I’m going to be honest, my defense was really bad but I picked it up in the second half,” Rickette said. “Our coaches always tell me that I’m the guy who sparks our defense.”
Rickette had all five of his steals in the second half when the Raiders turned that nine-point deficit into a 79-58 Metro Suburban win over Illiana Christian.
The Raiders (11-7, 6-2) remained in striking distance to division leader Riverside-Brookfield. The Vikings fell to 10-8, 4-4.
The 5-foot-8 Rickette finished with a game-high 26 points and a team-high five rebounds. Alex Jeske scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, while Mark Murbach added 13, and Tyler Scott had 10.
Marcus Ottenhoff led Illiana with points 18, while Ryan Barnes had a big night off the bench, scoring 10 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Barnes had eight points in the second quarter when he helped his team build its halftime lead.
“We didn’t come out to play (in the second half),” Illiana coach Thomas Roozeboom said. “We probably had more turnovers than points in the second half.”
The Vikings scored 20 points and had 16 turnovers over the final 16 minutes.
After seven lead changes in the third quarter the Raiders rattled off a 28-6 outburst, including a 19-0 run over the third and fourth quarters, for a 77-56 lead. Jeske had 13 points during the run, including two of his three three-pointers. The Raiders were 14-of-16 from the free-throw line in the final quarter.
“We talked about how we were down before at halftime,” Glenbard South coach Wade Hardtke said. “We got into them a little bit, and I think we did a much better job of getting into the passing lanes — something we didn’t do in the first half.”