Athletic Event

Oakton Community College

Chiefs' big second half moves them into a tie for first in the ISCC

Chiefs' big second half moves them into a tie for first in the ISCC

Conference: Yes

Opponent: Owls at Chiefs
88 - 69 (W)

Waubonsee Community College’s men’s basketball team moved into position to potentially earn a share of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) title. The Chiefs used a big second half to pull away for an 88-69 triumph over visiting Oakton Community College. The win improved Waubonsee’s ISCC ledger to 10-3 while also dropping Oakton to 10-3. Elgin Community College sits atop the standings with an 11-3 record. The Chiefs play at McHenry County, and Oakton hosts Moraine Valley in their final games with a potential three-way tie for the title at stake. 

The showdown between ISCC title contenders featured an action packed first half. Oakton grabbed a 30-20 lead with seven minutes left in the half. A 12-3 Waubonsee run cut the deficit to 33-32 with 2:34 remaining. The Owls then secured a 41-37 lead at the break when guard Ryan Matthews connected on a long three-pointer just before the buzzer.

On the Chiefs first possession of the second half Alec Goetz drilled a trey and was fouled, completing a four-point play to knot the score and seemingly change the momentum of the game. Waubonsee went on an 18-6 run and never relinquished the lead thereafter. The Chiefs built their advantage to double digits with seven minutes remaining and maintained that separation throughout the rest of the game.

Tyrone Carey led Waubonsee’s offensive attack with 21 points and four assists. Germaine Roebuck tallied 18 points, grabbed six rebounds and made three steals, while Deon Ward chipped in with 15 points, five assists and three steals. Goetz nailed four three-point baskets on his way to booking 15 points and handing out four assists. Dominick Martin came off the bench to score nine points, dish out three assists and record three steals. Jake Pike added eight points and eight rebounds, while Jacob Niesman registered three assists.

Waubonsee’s regular season finale is this Thursday, February 23 when they travel to McHenry County College. The Chiefs and Scots are set to tipoff at 7:15 p.m. in Crystal Lake. Waubonsee will begin Region IV Division II Tournament play on Thursday, March 2 against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.