Illinois Valley Community College
Friday the 13th proves to be good luck for the Chiefs as they rally to beat IVCC
Opponent: Eagles at Chiefs
84 - 83 (W)
Behind the second half play of Elliot McGaughy Waubonsee rallied from a double-digit deficit to win a thriller 84-83 over Illinois Valley Community College. The game was tied at 39-all with 2:25 left in the first half before the Eagles (2-2) closed out the period with a 13-2 run to grab a 53-41 lead at the break. Illinois Valley maintained their double figure advantage over the Chiefs (2-1) through the first 10 minutes of the second half. Trailing 71-57 at the 10-minute mark, the trio of McGaughy, Alec Goetz and John Stark sparked Waubonsee's comeback. The Chiefs went on an 18-1 run over the next four minutes, capped off by a pair of three-point baskets by Goetz, to surge ahead 75-72. Neither team had more than a three point lead the rest of the way with McGaughy tying the game at 82 on a driving lay-up with 0:59 remaining. Illinois Valley's Terrence Patterson made the second of two free throw attempts with 0:34 left to give the Eagles an 83-82 lead. McGaughy was then fouled with 0:20 to go sending him to the line, where he hit both free throws to give Waubonsee the lead. After an Eagles' timeout with 0:16 left, the Chiefs defense stymied Illinois Valley on their final possession. Ricky Calvin's 12-foot jump shot in the lane was way short as the buzzer sounded giving Waubonsee the hard fought victory.
After playing sparingly in the first half due to early foul trouble, McGaughy scored all his 28 points in the second half to lead all scorers. The freshman from Oswego made all eight of his foul shots and handed out three assists as well. Goetz chipped in with 17 points, including four three-pointers, to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Naiem Johnson added nine points and three assists, while Chris Bryson handed out five assists. Chris Lemon led the Eagles in scoring with 19 points, as five Illinois Valley players reached double figures. The beginning and end portions of the contest saw 13 ties and 20 lead changes, with Illinois Valley grabbing their biggest lead (67-51) at the 13-minute mark of the second half. For the game Waubonsee connected on 19 of 20 (95 percent) foul shots, while the Eagles made just 11 of 17 (65 percent).