Basketball

High school boys basketball: Dundee-Crown tops Crystal Lake Central in defensive battle

CARPENTERSVILLE – In most games, Josh Raby’s 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter might have just been a basket that gave Dundee-Crown some momentum.

In the Chargers’ game with Crystal Lake Central, where both teams mightily struggled to score, it seemed as if it were worth 10 points.

The Tigers had cut D-C’s eight-point lead to one, showing signs of some offensive life, when Raby caught a pass in the right corner and buried the 3.

“It was kind of like, ‘OK, we can breathe a little bit,’ ” Chargers coach Lance Huber said. “I don’t know if it took the wind out of their sails, but it gave our guys a lift, that’s for sure.”

D-C led by at least four the rest of the game and ended Central’s 10-game winning streak, 39-32, on Wednesday in their Fox Valley Conference game.

“It felt good. It was definitely a big shot in the game,” Raby said. “I was in rhythm, and our main focus was getting back on defense after that. It was definitely a huge shot in the game.”

It was the only 3 of the game for the Chargers (13-3, 5-2), who are tied with Hampshire and Huntley one-half game behind Central (11-5, 5-1) in the FVC race.

“It wasn’t a thing of beauty tonight,” Huber said. “Our guys really dug in and found a way to get some stops, and luckily they missed some open shots. We just kind of did enough to pull it out.”

D-C shot 37.8 percent (14 of 37), while Central finished at 23.6 percent (13 of 55). Alex Timmerman, Central’s 6-foot-9 center, led the Tigers with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

“It was just a really tough shooting night,” Timmerman said. “Sometimes you just have those nights. We were definitely getting open shots we should have hit. We just couldn’t get stuff to fall tonight.”

Central coach Rich Czeslawski lauded his team’s defensive effort.

“We were in the game the entire way, despite scoring only 32 points,” he said. “You can’t be that upset. Basketball’s a funny game. Sometimes that happens to you. That’s life. That’s basketball, and our kids have to come back from it.”

The good news of the night for Central came from Huntley, where the Red Raiders defeated second-place Hampshire, leaving the Tigers alone in first place.

Justin Prusko came off the bench with 10 points, all in the first half, to lead D-C. Jack Michalski scored nine points. Michalski hit two free throws with 1:48 to go, then Brad Stec made 3 of 4 in the last minute to seal the victory for the Chargers.

“We stepped up defensively,” Michalski said. “Our shots weren’t falling. It’s a good record. We shouldn’t be happy where we’re at right now. We want to keep going farther and see where we can get.”

STAR OF THE GAME

Josh Raby, Dundee-Crown, sr., F

Raby scored nine points and hit a crucial 3-pointer in the fourth quarter as the Chargers handed Crystal Lake Central its first FVC loss.

THE NUMBER

3: The number of 3-pointers made in the game by both teams combined – two for Central, one for D-C.

AND ANOTHER THING...

D-C (13-3, 5-2) has the most wins of any area team, with Cary-Grove (12-6, 4-3) and Crystal Lake South (12-6, 4-3) next. Central (11-5, 5-1), however, remains in first place in the FVC because Huntley defeated Hampshire (11-6, 5-2).

Dundee-Crown 39, Crystal Lake Central 32

CL CENTRAL (32)

Seegers 0 0-0 0, Welder 1 0-0 2, Lerum 1 0-0 3, Cassell 0 0-0 0, Timmerman 6 3-3 15, Dungey 3 0-1 7, Mendoza 1 1-2 3, Williams 1 0-0 2, Pokora 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 4-6 32.

DUNDEE-CROWN (39)

Butler 2 0-0 4, Miller 0 0-0 0, Raby 3 2-2 9, Michalski 3 3-4 9, Stec 0 5-6 5, Prusko 5 0-2 10, Hatcher 1 0-0 2, Frey 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 10-16 39.

CL Central 11 7 5 9 – 32

Dundee-Crown 14 8 6 11 – 39

3-point goals: CL Central 2 (Lerum, Dungey), Dundee-Crown 1 (Raby). Total fouls: CL Central 14, Dundee-Crown 10.

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