College basketball: Waubonsee moves into first-place tie
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media February 14, 2013 11:12PM
Updated: February 14, 2013 11:15PM
Even Dave Heiss wondered how.
“When you look at the statistics, you wonder how we won the game,” the Waubonsee Community College coach said.
Yet a thrilling 97-94 victory over visiting Moraine Valley Thursday night proved the only statistic that really mattered was the final score.
While it was true that Moraine Valley took more shots (84-57) and had fewer turnovers (16 to 21), the key numbers belonged to Waubonsee.
The first, of course, was the final score. The second was WCC’s 25 made free throws compared to 17 for Moraine Valley.
“We were able to somehow find a way to win it,” Heiss said. “We scored enough points before the clock ran out.”
D.J. Vaughn (25 points) hit three free throws and Roderick Adair one in the final 17 seconds to provide the cushion.
Moraine’s Marquell Pierce (15 points) launched a potential game-tying halfcourt heave at the buzzer that was off the mark and allowed the Chiefs to hang on.
That miss ended an entertaining 40 minutes of race-horse basketball. Something spectacular was missed with every blink.
Vaughn had an outstanding offensive game and 6-7 center Ricardo Martin (14 points, 6 rebounds) barely left the court the second half.
“That’s what we knew he was capable of doing,” Heiss said. “He was very aggressive and he wanted the ball.”
Without a doubt the Chiefs (20-7) played one of their best games but it was needed against a Moraine Valley team (22-5) that played every bit as well.
Marcus Franklin (13 points, 11 rebounds) has spurts of outstanding basketball for the Chiefs as did Tramell Weathersby (16 points, 8 rebounds) and Nick Townes (11 points, 6 assists).
Moraine Valley’s electric guard Gerald Dorsey led all scorers with 26 points, slicing up Waubonsee’s defense with a variety of moves inside the lane for layups and 6-7 Karrington Ward added 18 points and 13 rebounds.
The result left the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference in a three-way tie for first place with Waubonsee, Moraine Valley and Morton all at 10-2 with two games left to play.
Waubonsee 70, Moraine Valley 62 — Freshman Ashley Wilk had a monster game in leading the Chiefs. She scored 22 points and pulled down 16 rebounds as the Chiefs improved to 11-17 overall and 4-8 in the conference.
Tesa Alderman added 21 points (10 rebounds) and was 13 of 16 from the free-throw line. Samantha Alvis scored only five points but had nine assists for WCC.