Athletic Event

Elgin Community College

Elgin holds off Chiefs in the final minutes to take ISCC opener

Elgin holds off Chiefs in the final minutes to take ISCC opener

Conference: Yes

Opponent: Spartans at Chiefs
68 - 77 (L)

Waubonsee Community College’s men’s basketball team opened Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference play with a tough 77-68 loss to Elgin Community College. On a night where Waubonsee student-athletes were recognized at halftime for their classroom success during the 2015-2016 school year, the Chiefs (11-6) could not quite make the grade against the Spartans (15-2).

The game was close throughout featuring nine ties and 13 lead changes. The Chiefs led 36-35 at the half on the strength of making 15 of 21 free throw attempts. In the second half the Spartans turned the tables on Waubonsee by going 18 of 26 from the line. The game remained tightly contested until Elgin went on a 10-4 run to grab a 70-59 lead with 2:19 to go. However, the Chiefs clawed to within five points just a minute later at 71-66. Seconds later Waubonsee got a pivotal steal and looked to be in striking distance as Deon Ward drove to the basket for a layup. However his shot rimmed out and the Spartans were able to snag the rebound. Elgin then made six of eight foul shots in the final minute to secure the victory.

Germaine Roebuck booked a double-double to lead the way for Waubonsee. The sophomore forward netted 25 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds. Alec Goetz finished with 16 points, making eight of nine foul shots along the way. Tyrone Carey was held to a season-low 10 points, but also handed out five assists and made two steals. Ward came off the bench to contribute 10 points and dish out four assists, while Demetruis Ewing hauled down seven rebounds.

The Chiefs next game is this coming Thursday, January 12 when they head to Chicago Heights to take on the Prairie State College Pioneers. The women’s contest is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. with the men slated to tipoff at 7:15 p.m. The game will be the 1,000th career game on Waubonsee’s bench for head coach Dave Heiss, in his 32nd season leading the Chiefs’ program.