Boys Basketball: Chicago Christian rally not enough to overcome St. Edward
By Gene Chamberlain For Sun-Times Media February 8, 2014 10:28PM
Updated: March 10, 2014 6:47AM
After losing five out of six to difficult competition, St. Edward is hoping to regain some of the momentum it had early in the year during two long winning streaks.
Seeing a 14-point lead shrink to two, and later a 17-point third-quarter lead dwindle to two points in the fourth quarter doesn’t seem like the way to jump-start a season, but the Green Wave still prevailed Saturday 58-49 over improved Chicago Christian in a Suburban Christian Gold home game despite the absence of scoring leader Nick Duffy due to illness.
“We couldn’t make a free throw,” Green Wave coach P.J. White said. “We’re playing without one of our best players. So to win a game without him, I was really happy about that.”
After a 22-8 second-quarter lead shrank to 23-21 in the third quarter, St. Edward went on a 15-0 run behind strong defense and rebounding, and 6-of-12 shooting from the field. Guard Joe French, who led the Green Wave with 13 points, had seven in the third quarter run.
It nearly wasn’t enough as Chicago Christian (7-13, 1-6) began pressing and helped produce seven fourth-quarter St. Edward turnovers.
“Our team normally doesn’t have issues with the press,” French said. “I don’t know what it was. I think maybe we were just going too fast.
“We just had some issues.”
Then the Green Wave (17-6, 5-3) began missing foul shots in droves. It missed 14-of-25 in the fourth quarter. The foul line problems finally stopped when guard Gino Domel went to the line with St. Edward leading only 51-49 and 59 seconds left. He hit both. Thirty seconds later, he hit two more for a 55-49 lead.
After the Green Wave missed four more free throws, it was bailed out by two big plays from Joe Favela. After shrugging off a hip injury suffered earlier in the game, he stole the ball following a Chicago Christian defensive rebound with 28 seconds left, then later grabbed a rebound and sank two free throws for a 57-49 lead.
“We’ve been working on (free throws) a lot in practice,” Domel said. “We tried to pull it together and make some free throws.”
Davontae Elam had eight points for the Green Wave, while Favela, Domel and Duffy’s replacement, Logan Danner, had seven.
Sophomore Trevor Wolterink had 13 points, and senior Blaine Wright and junior Bradford Fitzpatrick 11 each for Chicago Christian.
“We made a lot of bad passes and turned the ball over, but they made us turn the ball over,” White said. “They kept playing hard. They’re a well-coached team and they’re very young.”