Athletic Event

Truman College

Chiefs let one slip away as Truman grabs high-scoring win in final minute

Chiefs let one slip away as Truman grabs high-scoring win in final minute

Conference: No

Opponent: Falcons at Chiefs
99 - 102 (L)

What a difference a year makes, or in this case two years even. Waubonsee Community College’s men’s basketball team managed just eight wins each of the last two seasons. Saturday afternoon the Chiefs were going for their eighth win already of this season in just their tenth game. However, the eighth win proved to be more elusive than expected as Truman College rallied in the final minute to run off with a 102-99 victory on the Chiefs’ home court.

The contest was fast paced from the very beginning as both teams consistently tried to push the ball up the floor. The score was tied at 13-all when the Chiefs suddenly went cold from the field. A 12-0 run by the Falcons put them in control midway through the first half. Waubonsee’s full-court pressure defense then gradually started to pay dividends.  The Chiefs forced 16 Truman turnovers in the first half on the way to catching back up and passing the Falcons for a 46-43 half time lead.

The second half was also an up tempo affair as the two teams battled back and forth. Neither team was able to build more than a seven-point lead through the first 10 minutes of play.  Waubonsee then grabbed its biggest lead of the game courtesy of a 13-2 run to put them in front 82-71 with 8:40 to go. Two minutes later the Falcons had the deficit back down to three points.  The Chiefs then went on a 7-0 run over just a minute of play to snag a 91-81 advantage with five minutes remaining. Once again Truman responded and cut the deficit to two points (95-93) with three minutes left to play.

In the last two and a half minutes the lead changed hands five times alone. A three-pointer from the right corner by Keshaun Surney with 2:30 left gave the Falcons a 96-95 lead. Waubonsee quickly responded with an inside basket by Germaine Roebuck at the 2:06 mark to regain the lead 97-96. Truman’s Mike Cantre then nearly single-handily willed the Falcons to victory. The sophomore center scored in close with a minute to go to make it 98-97. Waubonsee rushed the ball up the floor and regained a 99-98 lead on a short jump shot by Demetrius Ewing only eight seconds later. Waubonsee then called timeout to set their defense.

On the ensuing possession Truman misfired twice, but Cantre corralled an offensive rebound and scored inside again to put the Falcons in front 100-99 with 0:33 remaining.  The Chiefs worked for a potential game-winning shot as the clock wound down, but Cantre again came up big for the visitors. The 6’4” center blocked Tyrone Carey’s 10-foot, lean in jumper with 0:08 left. Truman’s Deshawn King grabbed the loose ball and was immediately fouled by Waubonsee. King made both free throws with 0:06 to go and the Chiefs called a timeout to set up a potential game-tying shot. Deon Ward then got off a rushed three-point shot from the left wing as the buzzer sounded, which was off the mark allowing the Falcons to clinch the upset victory.

Roebuck finished with a big double-double to lead the way for Waubonsee (7-3). The sophomore forward booked 30 points and hauled down 14 rebounds. Carey tallied 23 points and handed out three assists, while Ward gave the Chiefs a third player with over 20 points scored. The sophomore guard contributed 21 points, dished out six assists and made three steals.  Ewing ended the game with 11 points and nine boards, while point guard Steve Green chipped in with eight points and four assists. King led all scorers with 31 points for Truman (4-7), while Cantre stole the spotlight with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

For the game Waubonsee shot just 67 percent (28 of 42) from the foul line, while the Falcons shot 94 percent, making 15 of the 16 attempts from the line. By the time the final buzzer sounded the lead had changed 26 times and the score was tied 11 times during the see-saw battle. The Chiefs will be in action again this coming Tuesday, December 13 when they host nationally ranked Kishwaukee College (9-2). Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. in Waubonsee’s Erickson Hall Gymnasium between the Chiefs and Kougars, ranked 15th nationally in the latest NJCAA Division II poll.