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Men’s basketball: Waubonsee crumbles in second half

Waubonsee's Reggie Chambliss-McNeal goes up for shot over South Suburban's Rasheed Shofidiya. | Mike Mantucc~ For Sun-Times Media

Waubonsee's Reggie Chambliss-McNeal goes up for a shot over South Suburban's Rasheed Shofidiya. | Mike Mantucca ~ For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 6, 2012 11:15PM

There are times when halftime is the worst thing that can happen.

It was that way for Waubonsee Community College Tuesday night at Erickson Hall.

The Chiefs played rugged South Suburban even for the first 20 minutes — leaving for the break trailing 31-29 — then came out flat the second half and suffered a 78-62 defeat.

South Suburban (2-0) used a 16-2 run in the first seven minutes of the second half to take complete control of game.

In that seven minutes, the Chiefs (1-1) did nothing right. They played poor defense, made terrible passes, were beaten on the boards, were guilty of silly fouls and made poor decisions.

“The kids panicked,” WCC coach David Heiss said. “Instead of staying calm and letting the offense work there was too much dribble in trying to make things happen. Too much one-on-one. Two different teams.”

South Suburban, behind the play of sophomore guards Michael Harris and Bryce Walker, bolted to a 31-point lead (72-41).

Harris led all scorers with 32 points (20 the second half) while his East Chicago (Ind.) High School teammate Walker added 22.

“Defensively, we stunk it up the second half,” Heiss said. “We did a great job keeping them (Harris and Walker) in check the first half. I don’t think they did anything different in the second half.”

D.J. Vaughn managed a team-high 20 points to lead the Chiefs. He scored 12 of those points in the closing minutes.

The good thing for the Chiefs is that all the problems can be corrected. That includes a leaky baseline defense that enabled the Bulldogs to score with ease the second half.

“We force baseline but we aren’t supposed to give it up. A lot of that had to do with body position,” Heiss said. “We never got the rotation from the post man to stop the ball.”

Women’s game

South Suburban 61, Waubonsee 51 — The Bulldogs (2-0) scored the first eight points and never looked back against a WCC team that shot just 34.5 percent (19 of 55) and committed 29 turnovers.

Emma Darby was the only Chief in double figures with 15 points while Karla Vietinghoff led the way on the backboards with nine. Waubonsee is now 1-2 for the season.

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