McHENRY – Jacobs was satisfied with the outcome, but not thrilled with its overall performance.
Had the Golden Eagles finished stronger after building a 16-point, fourth-quarter lead, it would have been a little sweeter.
“We got a win, on the road [in the division] and they’re upset,” Jacobs coach Jimmy Roberts said, “which I think is positive.”
Jacobs pounded McHenry on the glass and led the entire way for a 57-47 victory in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball game Tuesday night. The win keeps the Eagles (11-10 overall, 5-2 FVC Valley) two games behind division-leading Huntley.
“We felt like we should have won by a lot more, but a win’s a win,” Jacobs forward Reilly Peltier said. “We came out fired up and decided this is a game where we want to show people what we can do. We’re going to take it and build momentum going to Prairie Ridge on Saturday.”
Jacobs hit 8 of 9 field goals in the first quarter, then got nine of it 13 points off offensive rebounds in the second quarter for a 32-19 halftime lead. The Eagles got rebound baskets off free throws from Robert Grant (in the second quarter) and Cameron Krutwig (in the third).
“On most teams we have a big size advantage,” said Krutwig, a 6-foot-5 freshman who recorded game-highs of 18 points and eight rebounds. “We have four bigs so we rotate in and crash the glass hard and good things happen.”
Jacobs outrebounded the Warriors, 38-23, for the game but the Warriors managed to creep closer late in the game. The Eagle committed five turnovers and hit 3 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter as McHenry (9-10, 2-5) cut the lead to 53-47 with 1:22 remaining.
“Finish it. Finish it,” Roberts said. “Having that killer instinct, that finishing mentality of putting teams away when we had the opportunity. That’s all it was.”
The Warriors could not get any closer as Jacobs scored on a layup and two free throws in the last 1:12.
“We’re just having a hard time getting consistent scoring,” McHenry coach Tim Paddock said. “Defensively, we’ve been good. We held [Chrishawn] Orange to seven points and held them to 57, but we just go through spurts of three or five minutes where we don’t score.”
Sophomore Nick Bellich led the Warriors with 14 points and four 3s. Kyle Postal added 12 with a pair of 3s.