Athletic Event

Sauk Valley Community College

Chiefs improve to 5-2 with come from behind win over Sauk Valley

Chiefs improve to 5-2 with come from behind win over Sauk Valley

Conference: No

Opponent: Skyhawks at Chiefs
79 - 71 (W)

(Sugar Grove, IL.) – Waubonsee Community College’s relentless pressure defense eventually took its toll as the Chiefs knocked off Sauk Valley Community College 79-71. Waubonsee forced the visiting Skyhawks into 26 turnovers on their way to securing their fifth win of the season. The game also featured two of the longest tenured coaches in the NJCAA’s Region IV, Chiefs’ head coach Dave Heiss (32 years) and the Skyhawks Russ Damhoff (30 years). Between them they entered the evening with a combined 1,946 games coached, including 1,163 victories at their respective schools.

Sauk Valley (3-5) jumped out to a 19-5 lead seven and a half minutes into the game. Waubonsee (5-2) eventually gained its’ footing and clawed its way to within four points (31-27) heading into the locker room at halftime. Four minutes into the second half the Skyhawks led by eight (42-34) before the Chiefs full court pressure defense suddenly turned the tide. In a 39-second span the Chiefs scored three straight buckets, punctuated by a steal and breakaway, one-handed slam by Germaine Roebuck.

Four minutes later Waubonsee took its first lead of the game 52-51 on a pair of free throws by Tyrone Carey. The Chiefs then took their biggest lead of the game (60-51) just three minutes after that on a pair of free throws by Demetrius Ewing with 8:16 to go. A game that had been a fairly intense battle throughout then went up another notch. The final, frenetic minutes featured several controversial calls and three technical fouls, including one on Heiss with 1:16 remaining. Waubonsee was able to secure the win by connecting on 8 of 9 foul shots in the final minute and a half of the game.

The Chiefs nearly had three players book 20 or more points. Carey led Waubonsee with 20 points, making 10 of 12 free throw attempts and handing out four assists. Roebuck added 18 points and seven rebounds, while Alec Goetz also scored 18 points including a trio of three-point baskets. Deon Ward chipped in with 13 points before fouling out late in the game. Chiefs’ point guard Steve Green finished with four assists and five steals.

The Chiefs will next be in action this Thursday, December 1 when they travel to Lisle to square off against Benedictine University’s Junior Varsity beginning at 7:00 p.m. Waubonsee also plays at the College of DuPage on Thursday, December 8 with a 5:00 p.m. tipoff in Glen Ellyn. The Chiefs return home on Saturday, December 10 when they host Truman College from Chicago. Tipoff is set for 3:00 p.m. in Waubonsee’s Erickson Hall Gymnasium.