Men’s College Basketball: Moraine Valley bows to Waubonsee
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media February 6, 2014 10:40PM
Updated: February 6, 2014 11:14PM
There’s nothing like a big run in a basketball game to turn a bitterly cold night into warmth.
It did for the Waubonsee Community College men’s team Thursday night at Erickson Hall.
The Chiefs used a 17-0 run early in the second half to turn a close game into a runaway in a 65-50 victory over Moraine Valley.
Moraine’s zone defense had the Chiefs pinned in the first half as the Cyclones (5-15 overall, 1-8 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference) took a 26-22 lead at intermission.
“I thought we did a better job attacking their zone the second half,” WCC coach David Heiss said. “The high post was open all night long and that’s what we talked about at halftime. I thought we had great ball movement.”
Will Hardy (5 points) started the run with a steal and layup and Josh Lynn (15 points, 8 rebounds) ended it with a slick move along the baseline for another basket.
It all amounted to a 48-31 Waubonsee lead with 7:34 left and the Cyclones, despite a late rally, were left in a hole that proved to be too deep.
Nick Townes provided some needed energy for Waubonsee, author of a three-game winning streak that’s moved its record to 11-12, 4-4.
Townes scored 18 points and led all rebounders with eight.
All seven Chiefs who saw playing time contributed. Raheem Jackson had 10 points and six assists, Tom Okapal battled for 12 points, Will Suttle played solid defense in Waubonsee’s crusher zone and added four assists and D.J. Green provided some solid minutes off the bench.