CRYSTAL LAKE – Huntley’s boys basketball team did not panic when it took the court to start the fourth quarter
Once leading Antioch by 12 points, the Red Raiders refused to let the game slip away. Huntley went on a 15-0 run during the first 1:30 of the fourth quarter to spur the Red Raiders to a 55-39 win at the Coaches Vs. Cancer Thanksgiving Tournament at Prairie Ridge on Monday.
Within the first 30 seconds of the fourth, forward Dan Janus and forward Zach Gorney netted layups and drew fouls – Antioch also was called for an intentional foul on Gorney – to turn a five-point Red Raiders’ lead into an 11-point advantage. That scoring outburst put the game in Huntley’s control for good as the Red Raiders (1-0) held Antioch to only two field goals in the fourth.
“Our guards shot not well, and that was an influence on how we played, but I thought our defense was pretty good for the most part,” Huntley coach Marty Manning said. “ … All in all, a decent job.”
Three Red Raiders tallied double digits, paced by senior guard Bryce Only’s 15 points. Gorney and Janus added 13 and 10 points, respectively. While Huntley ultimately cruised to a double-digit win, there still were typical first-game mistakes. Huntley often attacked the basket, sometimes without much resistance from Antioch, but struggled to convert easy shots.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Only said. “Coach Manning said it was a slightly above average game, but no game is error-free the first game of the season. We’d definitely rather be 1-0 than 0-1. Guys stepped up.”
Belvidere North 57, Prairie Ridge 53: Everything started so well for Prairie Ridge.
The Wolves jumped to a 13-1 lead against Belvidere North during Monday’s season opener thanks to a full-court press and converting three 3-pointers. But Belvidere North, which trailed by 11 after the first quarter, cut the deficit to only two points, 31-29, by the half after the Wolves were whistled for 17 fouls.
However, a slow start in the third quarter doomed the Wolves in a 57-53 loss in the Coaches Vs. Cancer Thanksgiving Tournament. The Thunder went on a 14-0 run to open the third, aided by the turnover-prone Wolves, who were held without a basket until Patrick Hering’s layup with 3:38 left in the third.
Prairie Ridge (0-1) finished with 25 turnovers, though pulled to within five points with 1:45 left in the game. Junior guard Steven Ticknor led the Wolves with 13 points, including two 3-pointers.
“I’d say it was painful to watch,” Wolves coach Corky Card said. “It was just poor defense. Poor defense and turnovers, and you can’t play that way.”