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Whips top Blue Streaks

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(Monica Maschak – mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Hampshire Matthew Bridges fights for control of the ball against Woodstock on Tuesday night at Woodstock High School. Hampshire won, 64-49.

WOODSTOCK – Hampshire played the kind of basketball in the second quarter about which teams dream.

For five-plus minutes, the Whip-Purs held Woodstock without a point. In that same time span, Hampshire ran fluid offense and made crucial shots. Although the lead at halftime was eight points, it seemed like much more.

Hampshire continued to pad its lead in the second half and defeated the Blue Streaks, 64-49, in a boys basketball game between the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division co-leaders Tuesday at James M. Shipley Memorial Gymnasium.

“Anytime you go on the road and beat a good team, that’s a momentum builder,” Whips forward Tyler Crater said.

Hampshire (16-3 overall, 5-1 FVC Fox) trailed, 22-18, with 5:06 remaining in the second quarter, but closed the half with a 12-0 run.

“We were surprised with how intense they were in their [2-3] zone,” Crater said. “Some teams in zones aren’t that active. We kind of figured it out in the second quarter when we made that run.”

The other important adjustment came on defense when Hampshire coach Bob Barnett decided not to front Woodstock’s 6-foot-7 center Damian Stoneking, who scored the Streaks’ first 10 points as they pounded the ball inside.

“We were playing top side on their big guy and started playing behind him,” Barnett said. “We did a real good job on [Jordan] Turner too, we had three guys running at him in the first half.”

Turner, the area’s scoring leader at 17.4 points a game, was held to two in the first half. He tied Crater for the game-high with 19, but most of that damage came in the fourth quarter when Hampshire had things under control.

Hampshire point guard Ryan Cork scored 16 points, with eight in the pivotal second quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers.

“I was just looking for my shot more against their zone,” Cork said. “I was really feeling it, I was feeling it in warmups too. I was more set with my feet tonight for my shots.”

Cork’s rebound basket and 3 gave Hampshire the lead for good with 2:50 to go in the half. Woodstock (14-6, 4-2) was hampered by Stoneking’s sore back from the second quarter through the rest of the game. Streaks coach Alex Baker said Stoneking has experienced some back issues and spent halftime on the floor with Woodstock’s trainer.

“We started making some poor decisions in the second quarter,” Baker said. “They made some defensive adjustments and we didn’t respond to them well. Damian was trying to tough it out, but he wasn’t playing the same way after he had the problem, he was a little tentative.”

Hampshire got 11 points each from Shane Hernandez and Mike Dumoulin. Stoneking added 14 points for Woodstock. The Whips now lead Crystal Lake Central by one-half game in the Fox Division.

“I told them before the game, after this we only have eight games left,” Barnett said. “I told them you control your own destiny, and tonight was a big hurdle. We move on and learn some more from this.”

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