Men’s basketball: Waubonsee lets Kishwaukee off the hook
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media December 11, 2012 10:36PM
Updated: December 11, 2012 10:39PM
A big fish slipped off the hook, treaded water for several seconds, then swam away with a final deadly kick.
And the Waubonsee Community College men’s basketball team was denied a signature victory. Instead, the Chiefs left Erickson Hall with a 75-70 loss to undefeated Kishwaukee (10-0).
It was a game the Chiefs (7-4) probably should have won but couldn’t close the deal. They held a five-point lead (67-62) with six minutes then just fell apart.
“It was our game to lose and we lost it,” WCC head coach David Heiss said. “I don’t want to take anything away from Kishwaukee but it was our game to lose and that’s exactly what we did.”
Surprisingly, perhaps, the Chiefs had the Kougars on the run the entire second half. They played solid defense, rebounded and took high-percentage shots.
In fact, a 16-7 run fueled Waubonsee to a 57-50 lead with 12:22 remaining, and the Kougars were scratching their collective heads.
Then Marlon Maxey hopped off the Kishwaukee bench to score 16 of his team-high 19 points, hitting three three-point shots, to pull the Kougars out of the pits.
“We went over what that kid (Maxey) could do,” Heiss said.
Maxey’s shooting keyed a 13-3 Kishwaukee run that handed the Kougars a 68-67 lead with just over three minutes remaining. The Chiefs regained the lead when Roderick Adair (10 points) scored but that lead didn’t last.
Maxey scored on a fastbreak layup to return the lead to the Kougars (70-69), and then the Chiefs did the unthinkable.
They allowed Kishwaukee’s Kaylor Zimmerman to drive the lane for an easy basket with three seconds left on the shot clock. That gave the Kougars a 72-69 lead with 1:07 left and the Chiefs were out of answers.
Waubonsee scored only four points in the final six minutes.
“I just told them (the Chiefs) that we played like a team that was down the last four minutes instead of up,” Heiss said.
D.J. Vaughn had a good game offensively for the Chiefs. He led the way with 18 points, hitting 4 of 7 from behind the three-point arc, and Marcus Franklin added 13 points to go with five rebounds and five assists.
Kishwaukee 67, Waubonsee 47 — Samantha Alvis scored 14 points and Emily Magee added 10 for the Chiefs who slipped to 4-6 overall. Kishwaukee (8-4) was paced by Sinclair Cunningham with 15 points.