McHENRY – McHenry’s Maki Mohr stole the ball, raced down the court and scooped in a layup while getting fouled.
Mohr yelled. The Warriors and their fans celebrated what became an 11-point run a moment later when Mohr finished his 3-point play.
Dundee-Crown, which had struggled turning the ball over, had seen its 10-point lead turned into a one-point deficit.
“We never gave up,” Chargers forward Josh Raby said. “We lost it a little bit when they made their run, but we kept our cool, even down by one. We’re a team that battles. We responded well.”
McHenry’s only lead of the second half was short-lived. The Chargers came back and scored twice, got defensive stops on the other end, and Raby eventually made four free throws in the final 26 seconds as D-C defeated the Warriors, 55-52, in their Fox Valley Conference boys basketball game Tuesday.
“We had them down 13 in the third quarter at our place and we got a little passive,” Chargers coach Lance Huber said of an earlier loss to McHenry. “It was nice to see the attitude of ‘Hey, we’re not going to quit tonight. We’re going to finish the job.’ We had a lot of perseverance.”
After Mohr’s 3-point play put the Warriors up, 49-48, with 1:46 to go, D-C’s Jack Orndahl hit one free throw to tie the score. Then, Jordan Hairston’s twisting 4-foot bank shot put the Chargers (13-11, 10-4 FVC) ahead 51-49.
Raby, who missed two technical free throws early in the fourth quarter, hit nothing but net on two free throw with 26 seconds left, then another two with 11 remaining after McHenry's Brian March converted a 3-point play to get the Warriors within 53-52.
“I had to make them, it’s a big moment in the game,” he said. “I was frustrated at myself (for missing the first two), I had to let it go. I was going to get another opportunity. I did and I took advantage. I cleared my mind and focused on making my free throws.”
McHenry’s Gavin Markgraff missed on a 3, but the Warriors (17-8, 9-4) got the ball out of bounds with 4 seconds remaining. On the final play, Gio Calabrese tried to get off a 3, but Hairston was all over him and time ran out.
D-C appeared to be in trouble in the first half as McHenry built a 26-16 lead, but Chargers guard Damarion Butler sparked their comeback with three steals and a pair of layups. D-C scored the last 10 points of the half as part of a 20-4 run.
“During a timeout our coach let us know we had to dig in deeper,” Butler said. “I just put it in my head that I needed to make some plays and it happened to fall into my hands.”
Gabe Bergeron led D-C with 16 points, while Butler and Orndahl each added 10. Maki Mohr topped McHenry with 16 points and Patrick Breisch added 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
“We broke down defensively, and turnovers really hurt is in the second quarter,” Warriors coach Chris Madson said. “We had some on top, and those are killers because no one gets back on defense. We handed them layups at the other end. That really, really hurt.”
Madson was pleased the way his team responded after D-C took a 48-38 lead to start the fourth quarter.
“I wanted them to have emotions,” he said. “That’s what happened in the last five minutes. They showed that energy and passion to want to win a game.”
STAR OF THE GAME
Josh Raby, Dundee-Crown, Jr., F
Raby scored five points, with four free throws as the Chargers’ last points. Raby hit a pair with 26 seconds remaining, then made two more with 11 seconds to go. A 6-foot-4 reserve, Raby also guarded McHenry’s leading scorer Gavin Markgraff for most of the second half and helped keep him to eight points.
2: Turnovers committed by Dundee-Crown in the second and third quarters.
AND ANOTHER THING...
First-year McHenry coach Chris Madson said the technical foul he was assessed early in the fourth quarter was the first of his career at any level as a coach or player. He said he disagreed with a call and waved his hands, not meaning to do it directly at the referee. “I never want to show up an official,” Madson said. “First one ever, I’d like to say I earned it, but … ”
Dundee-Crown 55, McHenry 52
DUNDEE-CROWN (55): Orndahl 3 3-7 10, Butler 5 0-0 10, Hairston 3 0-2 6, Bergeron 8 0-0 16, Stec 2 0-0 4, Michalski 1 0-0 2, Raby 0 5-8 5, Hatcher 1 0-0 2, Parreno 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 8-17 55.
McHENRY (52): Markgraff 1 5-7 8, Calabrese 3 0-0 9, Mohr 6 1-1 16, Breisch 4 1-1 10, March 3 3-3 9, Evans 0 0-0 0, Freund 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 10-12 52.
Dundee-Crown 12 14 19 10 – 55
McHenry 17 9 12 14 – 52
3-point goals: Dundee-Crown 1 (Orndahl), McHenry 8 (Calabrese 3, Mohr 3, Markgraff, Breisch). Total fouls: Dundee-Crown 13, McHenry 12.