Athletic Event

Oakton Community College

Chiefs hold on to edge Owls

Chiefs hold on to edge Owls

Conference: Yes

Opponent: Owls at Chiefs
65 - 62 (W)

Waubonsee Community College’s men’s basketball team rallied to edge visiting Oakton Community College 65-62. The Chiefs and Owls engaged in a hard fought contest from start to finish, which featured 14 lead changes and five ties. A 15-1 run by Waubonsee over a five-minute span of the second half keyed the Chiefs’ Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference victory.

Neither team had more than a five point lead in the first half, which eventually came to a close with Oakton leading 29-26 after the Owls’ Jaelin Ferrell nailed a three-pointer in the final seconds of the period. The score remained close until Oakton (8-15, 2-5) built its biggest lead at 51-44 with 9:47 to go. After a scoreless minute of action, the Chiefs (13-8, 4-3) began a 15-1 run to surge ahead and grab their largest lead of the game at 59-52 with 3:32 remaining.

A minute later the Owls pulled within two points courtesy of three Waubonsee turnovers. Oakton then misfired in an attempt to knot the score with 1:15 left. With the shot clock winding down, the Chiefs’ Jacob Niesman missed a short shot in traffic. However, the Chiefs Darnell Wright elevated above the crowd for a huge offensive tip-in basket to give Waubonsee a 61-57 lead with 0:43 to go. Four free throws by Deland “DJ” Deere in the final seconds secured the Chiefs’ triumph. 

Christopher Henderson led Waubonsee with 16 points, while Jake Pike tallied 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Wright finished with 13 points and seven boards, and Deere chipped in with 11 points and four assists. Demetrius Ewing registered seven assists and hauled down eight rebounds, and Niesman snagged eight boards, handed out three assists and made three steals.

Waubonsee’s next game is this Thursday, February 1, 2018 when they host McHenry County College. Coach Williams’ women’s team tips off at 5:15 p.m. against the Scots, 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.