College of Lake County
Chiefs rally from 40-22 deficit, but final shot falls short in ISCC opening loss to Lancers
Opponent: Lancers at Chiefs
63 - 64 (L)
Waubonsee's second half rally came up short literally and figuratively as the College of Lake County held on for a 64-63 victory in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opener for both teams. The visiting Lancers (9-7, 1-0) started out the game on fire nailing their first four shots of the game, all from three-point range, to grab a 12-1 lead just two minutes into the game. Lake County went on to hit their first seven shots from beyond the arc while building a 30-15 lead midway through the first half. The Lancers then grabbed their biggest lead at 40-22 with five minutes to go until halftime, making 10 of 11 shots from long range up to that point. However, the tide began to turn as the Chiefs closed out the first half on an 8-3 run with Lake County misfiring on seven of their last eight shots of the half.
The Chiefs (6-9, 0-1) slowly clawed their way back into the game. A 10-2 run early in the second half got Waubonsee within eight at 50-42. A 10-4 run by the Chiefs midway through the half then got them to within five points at 58-53. Waubonsee stayed in striking range down the stretch and eventually got the deficit down to one at 64-63 with 1:09 remaining when Raheem Jackson made a pair of free throws. Jackson then came up a with a key steal to get Waubonsee the ball back with 0:18 left and a chance to win the game. After a Chiefs' timeout, Jackson eventually drove towards the basket with a few ticks left on the clock and was cut off, prompting a kick-out pass to the corner in front of the Chiefs' bench. Unfortunately Will Hardy's buzzer-beating shot was short of the rim and so was the Chiefs' valiant comeback effort.
Jackson finished with 16 points to lead Waubonsee in scoring, and made four steals. Josh Lynn added 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Tom Okapal chipped in with 12 points and seven boards. Ryan Suttle contributed nine points, and Hardy handed out five assists and regsitered three steals. The Lancer finished the game 13 of 25 (52 percent) from three-point range, to offset the Chiefs' advantage from the foul line. Waubonsee went 15 of 24 (62 percent) from the charity stripe, missing out on several potential difference making points. Meanwhile, the perimeter dominated Lancers' made just one of the four free throw they atttempted for the entire game. Lake County was led in scoring by Gabriel Ramirez who booked 24 points, connecting on six treys for the game.