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Dundee-Crown senior Brandon Rodriguez puts up a shot over Jacobs senior Lake Ojo on Friday. | Michael Jarecki ~ For Sun-Times Media
Dundee-Crown’s student and fan section brought their “A” game to the rematch against District 300 rival Jacobs Friday night, filling the stands and toting along a gigantic photo of Chargers coach Lance Huber’s head.
While Chargers players started out at a lower level, they elevated their game 4½ minutes into the second quarter with a half-closing 15-1 run en route to an easy 60-44 Fox Valley Valley victory over the Golden Eagles.
“I thought they got a little pumped up — they had a nice crowd here,” said Jacobs coach Jim Hinkle, the former D-C coach who is retiring after this season. “The fans really were into it. They (players) got their adrenaline flowing and had a good run there and I think that’s where they really won the game.”
A three-pointer by junior guard Cordero Parson started the run, followed by two short baskets from senior guard Deonta Conley for a 20-18 Chargers lead. With that, the Chargers were off to the races.
Dylan Kissack’s three-pointer and a 16-footer by Brandon Rodriguez against heavy defensive pressure just before the buzzer gave D-C a 28-19 lead at halftime.
“I just thought offensively we made some shots,” Huber said after the Chargers followed a 3-for-10 first quarter from the floor with a 7-of-9 second-quarter effort. “It was kind of the same game-different place: we made shots at our place and they made shots at their place.
“When the guys put the ball in the hole you look a lot smarter standing on the sidelines.”
D-C (15-5, 6-2) got 16 points from Kissack, 14 from Rodriguez and 11 from J.T. Beasley in avenging their 76-66 double-overtime loss to Jacobs with a win that left them in sole possession of second place, two games behind leader Huntley in the loss column.
“We just had a lot of defensive intensity,” Kissack said. “Last game we played and lost in two overtimes we needed stops and defensive rebounds. So our main focus was to get stops and defensive rebounds.”
Outrebounded in the first half 17-8, the Chargers turned it around and outboarded Jacobs 18-10 the second half while hitting 16-of-31 shots from the field the last three quarters.
They followed their 15-1 run to close the first half with an 8-3 run to start the third quarter for a 36-22 lead, and never led by less than 11 again. They pushed it up to 17 points in the fourth quarter, and held Jacobs’ Will Schwerdtmann and Nick Ledinsky to 11 combined points. The two combined for 45 in Jacobs’ win earlier. Crishawn Orange led Jacobs (10-11, 4-3) Friday with 12 points.
“That was one of our main objectives was to shut down Will and Nick because they definitely took it to us the last game,” Kissack said.
Before D-C’s fourth straight win, Hinkle was honored with an announcement about his retirement.
“I loved it when I was here at Irving Crown and Dundee-Crown, and I’m at a great place in Jacobs,” he said. “So I feel like I’ve got people on both sides of the river and I’ve enjoyed all of them.
“When I’m not playing them I wish them the best, I just wish they didn’t have their best tonight.”
DUNDEE-CROWN 60, JACOBS 44
Jacobs (10-11, 4-3)
Crishawn Orange 5 1-2 12, Patrick Nerja 3 0-2 6, Will Schwerdtmann 3 0-0 7, Nick Ledinsky2 0-0 4, Lake Ojo 2 2-4 6, Ryan Billings 3 1-2 7, Jon Berndt 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 4-10 44.
Dundee-Crown (15-5, 6-2)
J. T. Beasley 3 5-7 11, Brandon Rodriguez 4 6-9 14, Trent Muscat 2 1-4 5, Dylan Kissack 5 3-4 16, Latrell Crenshaw 1 2-2 2, Cordero Parson 1 1-2 3, Deonta Conley 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 18-28 60.
Jacobs 12 7 10 15 -- 44
Dundee-Crown 10 18 12 20 -- 60
Three-point field goals: Jacobs (2) -- Orange, Schwerdtmann. Dundee-Crown (4) -- Kissack 3, Parson 1.