Athletic Event

Moraine Valley Community College

Cyclones rally in second half to shock Chiefs in ISCC battle

Conference: Yes

Opponent: Cyclones at Chiefs
67 - 73 (L)

It was a game of contrasting halves as visiting Moraine Valley Community College rallied to stun Waubonsee Community College 73-67 in Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference action. The Chiefs (5-12, 1-3) were in control throughout much of the first half, holding the Cyclones (7-11, 2-2) to just 27 percent (9 of 33) shooting. Meanwhile Waubonsee shot 52 percent (17 of 33) and secured a 42-29 halftime lead. However, the tables turned immediately in the second half as the Cyclones stormed out of the locker room with a 12-0 run and eventually tied the game at 44 before the Chiefs could regain their footing.

A see-saw affair ensued with three ties and eight lead changes before Moraine Valley caught fire once again. A 12-2 run put the Cyclones in front 67-57 with five minutes remaining. Again Waubonsee regained its balance and clawed back to within two points (67-65) with 2:38 to go on a pair of Sammie Hines free throws. That was as close as the Chiefs would get as Moraine’s Ermias Nega nailed a clutch fade-away, 17-foot jumper as the shot clock expired to give the Cyclones a 71-65 lead with a minute left.

Moraine Valley shot 53 percent (16 of 30) in the second half and made 11 treys for the game, seven after the intermission. In contrast the Chiefs shot just 29 percent (8 of 27) in the second period. Waubonsee out rebounded the Cyclones for the contest 42-36, and scored 38 points in the paint compared to only 14 for Moraine Valley. But the Chiefs made just 20 percent (3 of 15) from three-point range, including misfiring on all eight of their attempts in the second stanza.

Hines led Waubonsee with a double-double, netting 24 points and hauling down a dozen rebounds. Elliot McGaughy contributed 14 points, six boards and three steals, while Ryan Sharp added 10 points in the loss. Nega paced the Cyclones with 22 points, Jason Roland chipped in with 14 points, and David Gray and Tommy Demogerontas each scored 12 points.