Boys basketball: Geneva shuts down Wheaton Warrenville South
By Chris Walker For Sun-Times Media February 25, 2013 10:28PM
Updated: February 25, 2013 11:10PM
Wheaton Warrenville South couldn’t stop Geneva senior Connor Chapman’s from scoring in the paint.
The Tigers also couldn’t score.
Wheaton Warrenville South was held to just eight points in the first half during Monday’s Class 4A Wheaton Warrenville South Regional quarterfinal game against Geneva. The Tigers never recovered, losing 43-33.
Geneva (20-8), which reached 20 wins for the first time in five seasons, will face No. 5 seed Hinsdale Central on Wednesday night.
“At the end of the day the shots have got to go down,” Tigers coach Robert Szorc said. “They got us right out of the gates and started switching things in the first half and we didn’t execute very well.”
Chapman outscored Wheaton Warrenville South junior Aidan Hernandez 9-8 in the first half as Hernandez accounted for all eight of the Tigers’ first half points. Using a variety of moves, Chapman finished with a game-high 16 points as well as eight rebounds.
“Thankfully I was able to finish (my shots) tonight,” Chapman said. “It was a good game.”
Chapman credits his football reps for helping him become a more versatile scoring presence.
“Football helped a lot with the O-line work,” he said. “It gets your footwork good for basketball too.”
Wheaton Warrenville South (7-21) showed signs of life in the third quarter. The Tigers didn’t turn the ball over while Geneva gave the ball away on six occasions.
Keishawn Watson’s putback with 52 seconds left in the third quarter drew the Tigers to within 27-21, but Chris Parrilli drained a three-pointer with 10 seconds left to make it a nine-point game heading into the final quarter.
Geneva didn’t surrender a field goal to Tigers’ senior Michael Kramer, and coach Phil Ralston particularly praised the effort of Pace Temple and Parilli.
“I thought they did an absolutely fantastic job defensively tonight,” Ralston said.
Geneva converted 12-of-14 free throws, including 9-of-10 in the final quarter to disallow the Tigers to rally late.
“Kudos to them,” Szorc said. “They obviously did what they needed to do to play another day.”
It’s the second time during Ralston’s career his team has held a team to single-digit points in a half. While coaching at Grant his squad held Wauconda to just two points.
“I thought that was a pretty neat trick,” he said. “In the first half I thought the kids did a nice job. We switched a little bit and I think they weren’t ready when we switched and that was to our benefit.”
Hernandez led the Tigers with 11 points. Parilli added nine points for the winners.