Men’s basketball: Waubonsee blitzes Trinity International JV
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media December 6, 2012 10:14PM
Updated: December 6, 2012 10:35PM
Statement games come in all shapes and sizes.
Some are the result of an upset of a highly-regarded team while others come at the expense of a team struggling to find an identity.
Waubonsee’s 83-33 pounding of the Trinity International JVs Thursday night was actually neither.
The Chiefs did show two things that haven’t always been noticeable during their 7-3 start to the season — passion and respect.
Passion came during an incredible 45-2 blitz that carried the Chiefs from a 30-22 lead to a 75-24 bulge. Waubonsee’s second half defense refused to let Trinity even get a shot, holding the Trojans scoreless until the 12:51 mark when Paul Gadgley hit a pair of free throws. Trinity’s first basket, a shot from the side by Gadgley, came five minutes later.
“I thought the first half we didn’t do a whole lot of things well defensively,” WCC coach David Heiss said. “That’s what we talked about (at halftime). I didn’t think we played with any passion or energy the first half.”
That changed quickly.
The Chiefs tightened the grips defensively the final 20 minutes, coming up with 16 steals after intermission. That resulted in easy layups at the other end.
Waubonsee also showed respect, both for the Trojans and the game itself, by not taking the opposition lightly despite Trinity’s 1-9 record.
All the Chiefs enjoyed the fun. Derrick Johnson led the way with 20 points and played with the confidence he’s lacked much of the season.
“He’s not thinking about that shot,” Heiss said. “He’s been away from it for a couple years and the more games he plays the more confidence he’ll have.”
Marcus Franklin (12 points, 8 rebounds), Reggie Chambliss (11 points) and Ronnie Smith (10 points) joined Johnson in double figures, and Tim Townes came up with seven of Waubonsee’s 23 steals.
Things get harder for the Chiefs on Tuesday night when they play host to powerful Kishwaukee.
“Real big,” Heiss said. “They’re like 9-0 and average something like 93 points a game. What we have to do is control the tempo.”
Highland 69, Waubonsee 58 — The Chiefs shot just 30 percent (19 of 63) and dropped under the .500 level at 4-5.
Karla Vietinghoff led Waubonsee with 14 points and seven rebounds despite missing most of the second half with an injury. Sam Alvis added 12 points and Ashley Wilk 11 for the Chiefs.