Athletic Event

Aurora University Junior Varsity

Spartans' three-point barrage overwhelms Chiefs

Spartans' three-point barrage overwhelms Chiefs

Conference: No

Opponent: Chiefs at Spartans
87 - 95 (L)

Waubonsee Community College’s men’s basketball team did not begin the second half of their season the way they expected to. The Chiefs suffered a frustrating 95-87 loss Tuesday evening to Aurora University’s Junior Varsity, a squad Waubonsee had dismantled 106-81 back on November 22 in Sugar Grove. The Spartans unloaded a barrage of three-point shots, making 21 baskets from beyond the arc on the way to downing the Chiefs on James Lancaster Court. Meanwhile, Waubonsee (10-5) missed several shots from point-blank range throughout the game in coming up short in their inaugural game of 2017.   

The Spartans gave a little indication of things to come when they connected on three straight long-range shots to jump out to an early 9-2 lead. Waubonsee responded by pounding the ball inside and surged in front 17-11 just six minutes into the game. Midway through the half the Chiefs led just 27-24 as the Spartans seemingly responded with a three-pointer each time Waubonsee looked to pull away. Neither squad had more than a seven-point lead in the first half before the Spartans eventually secured a 44-42 lead at the break courtesy of nine treys.

Aurora kept Waubonsee at bay in the second half with an even more impressive display of three-point shooting than they had in the first period. With 7:30 remaining the Spartans clung to a 71-68 lead, having scored all their second half points via nine more three-point baskets. Aurora led 82-77 with 4:30 left before nailing another shot from beyond the arc and then getting a steal and layup to suddenly take a 10-point lead, the biggest for either team. The Chiefs again responded and two minutes later trailed only 87-83 after an offensive rebound and put back basket by Germaine Roebuck. However, the Spartans’ Jake Elliot then nailed a pair of three-pointers down the stretch to help hold off the Chiefs. Aurora finished 21 of 39 (54 percent) from long range to offset Waubonsee’s 47-29 advantage on the boards.

Tyrone Carey tallied 19 of his game-high 25 points in the first half and handed out five assists to pace the Chiefs’ attack. Roebuck added 22 points on 11 inside baskets, and hauled down 15 rebounds to post a double-double. The sophomore forward also recorded three steals and blocked a pair of shots. Alec Goetz chipped in with 15 points, making three treys of his own in the second half, while registering three assists as well. Demetrius Ewing also booked a double-double, contributing 14 points and grabbing 10 boards to go along with five assists. Jake Pike chipped in with seven points and nine rebounds, and Jacob Niesman handed out four assists and made two steals.

The Chiefs next game will be this Thursday, January 5 when they host Benedictine University’s Junior Varsity. Waubonsee will open Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) play next Tuesday, January 10 by hosting Elgin Community College. The women’s contest is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. with the men’s game slated for 7:15 p.m. At the conclusion of the ladies’ game, a short ceremony will be held to honor last season’s ISCC and Region IV titles won by Jim Sury’s squad. Also at halftime of the men’s contest Waubonsee will hold its’ Academic Awards Night ceremony, recognizing the classroom achievements of numerous Chiefs’ student-athletes from the 2015-2016 school year. In addition, the game between the Chiefs and the Spartans will be the 999th career game on Waubonsee’s bench for head coach Dave Heiss. Both games and the ceremonies will be streamed ‘live’ on-line at