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Prairie State College

Chiefs frantic rally comes up short in loss to Prairie State in ISCC home opener

Chiefs frantic rally comes up short in loss to Prairie State in ISCC home opener

Conference: Yes

Opponent: Pioneers at Chiefs
64 - 73 (L)

Waubonsee Community College’s men’s basketball team made a valiant comeback in the final minutes, but eventually fell 73-64 to visiting Prairie State College. The loss snapped the Chiefs’ seven-game winning streak, dropping Waubonsee to 9-6 overall and 1-1 in Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference action.

Just like the women’s contest earlier in the evening, the visitors tallied the first 10 points of the game. The Chiefs finally got on track offensively, but still trailed 27-19 with five minutes remaining in the first half. Waubonsee then went on a 10-0 run to take the lead with a minute to go as the Pioneers missed eight straight shots and committed a pair of turnovers in that span. Prairie State’s Kyle Oden then buried a long three-pointer to give the Pioneers a 30-29 lead at the break.

Waubonsee led 35-30 early in the second half before the Pioneers gradually took control of the game midway through the period. A 13-0 run by the visitors put them in front 57-43 as Waubonsee went cold, missing eight straight shots and committing a pair of fouls. An 11-3 run by the Pioneers, capped off by another long trey by Oden, put Prairie State in front by 18 (68-50) with just 4:30 left. The Chiefs then staged a frantic comeback, reeling off 14 straight points over the next three minutes to pull within four points. A pair of three-pointers by Demetrius Ewing and two driving lay-ups in traffic by Jacob Niesman highlighted the Chiefs offensive flurry.

Waubonsee’s Addison Bode then drew an offensive foul to get the Chiefs the ball back again with a minute remaining. However, the Pioneers’ Nick Davis came up with a pivotal block as the Chiefs’ Christopher Henderson attempted a shot in the lane. In the final seconds Oden nailed a pair of free throws, made a key steal and completed a three-point play to seal the Chiefs’ fate.

Deland “DJ” Deere and Ewing each scored 13 points to lead the Chiefs offense. A sophomore from Waubonsie Valley High School, Ewing also handed out four assists and grabbed eight rebounds. Henderson added a dozen points, and Darnell Wright booked 11 points and hauled down eight boards. Prairie State’s Oden led all scorers with 28 points to go along with making five steals.

Waubonsee’s next game is this coming Thursday, January 18, 2018 when they host Morton College in another Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference contest. Coach Jim Williams’ women’s team tips off at 5:15 p.m. against the Panthers, while Coach Dave Heiss’ men’s team is set to square off at 7:15 p.m. (CDT). Both games can been seen ‘live’ on-line at www.Waubonsee.edu/athletics or locally on cable television. Check with your local cable provider for the channel in your area. For more information on Chiefs’ Athletics you can also go to NJCAA.org.