Rock Valley College
Chiefs come out flat, fall to RVC in final home game of 2013
Opponent: Golden Eagles at Chiefs
51 - 73 (L)
With a Chiefs' Spirit Day crowd on hand and the game being televised "live" via Waubonsee's website, the Chiefs came out flat and could never quite recover in a 73-51 loss to Rock Valley College. Ranked fifth in the latest NJCAA Division III poll, the Golden Eagles (11-1) scored the game's first 15 points. Waubonsee (5-7) finally got onto the scoreboard after eight and a half minutes of play when Tevin Webb scored on a drive to the basket. By the time the dust settled after 20 minutes of play, the Chiefs trailed 35-16. In that dismal first half of play, Coach Dave Heiss' squad managed to only get off 14 shot attempts, making six for a misleading 43 percent success rate. Meanwhile, Rock Valley made as many baskets during that same period of time, shooting 36 percent (14 of 39) from the field.
While former Waubonsee coaches Bill Prince and Doug Hill were being recognized for their induction into the NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame at halftime, the Chiefs were trying to figure out how to get going offensively. An extended halftime break, which included Academic Awards honors for student-athletes' achievements from last year, unfortunately did not help the Chiefs regroup. Rock Valley began the second half with a 14-5 run to grab a commanding 49-21 lead. The Golden Eagles led by 30 points (62-32) with six minutes left when the Chiefs finally began to click on the offensive end of the floor. Waubonsee finished the game on a 19-9 run, but it was far too little and far too late to prevent the Chiefs from dropping their fifth straight game. Waubonsee also missed sophomore leader Nick Townes (11.2 points-per-game), who sat out for the second straight game with an ankle sprain.
Ricardo Martin tallied 14 points, blocked three shots and grabbed five rebounds to lead Waubonsee. Raheem Jackson added 13 points, Roderick Adair handed out four assists and made three steals, and Webb dished out three assists in the loss. The Chiefs finished the game with 25 turnovers and made only half of their free throw attempts (8 of 16). Waubonsee ended the game shooting a misleading 56 percent (20 of 36) from the field, including 64 percent (14 of 22) in the second half.