ALGONQUIN – The Jacobs boys basketball team scored nine straight points to start the game Wednesday, leading them to a 52-40 win.
The early lead prompted Dundee-Crown coach Lance Huber to call a timeout nearly four minutes into the game with his team stuck at a single point.
“It’s not unusual for us to have a hard time putting the ball in the basket,” Huber said. “We don’t have a superstar on our team. We need to play like five guys from Dundee-Crown and play as a team. We’re really struggling to do that right now.”
The Chargers (4-13, 0-6 FVC Valley) had a hard time containing Chrishawn Orange and Ben Murray, who had 15 and 14 points, respectively. Murray hit a season-high four 3-pointers, two of which really opened the game up in the fourth quarter during a D-C run.
“I’ve been struggling with my shot recently,” Murray said. “When I walked into shootaround today, one of our coaches told me I was going to go off tonight. I used that to sort of motivate me and keep my confidence.”
The Golden Eagles (10-10, 4-2) led the entire game and held off several D-C runs that cut the game to six several times. Jacobs coach Jim Roberts felt his team has been in this situation quite a bit this season already, and that helped them fend off those late pushes by the Chargers.
“We would prefer that didn’t happen, but we have been there before,” Roberts explained. “We have given up that lead before, but that experience has given our team a sort of calmness and confidence late in games with the lead.”
The Chargers cut the lead to 42-36 early in the fourth, prompting a timeout by Roberts. Murray then hit back-to-back 3s, extending the lead back to 12.
D-C only had one starter, Cordero Parson, score a point, which added to the rough night. Parson had 12 points, including buzzer-beating shots to end the first and second quarters. Junior Kiwaun Seals led the Chargers with 14 points. Juwan Stewart also added 11 for D-C.
Jacobs relied on strong inside play from freshman forward Cameron Krutwig and senior Robert Grant.
“Grant gives us energy,” Roberts said. “As far as Cameron, there’s not too many back to the basket players anymore, and [Cam] really played well. He’s also a great passer out of the post, which causes trouble for defenses. We’re constantly trying to figure out ways to get him touches.”