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PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. – The old childrens fable warns young ones to stay away from Trolls unless they are willing to pay the price. It looks like the Crimson Wave men’s basketball team didn’t mind taking the risk. The Wave took the ball right to Trinity Christian from the start, running up their leads to double digits several times, on their way to a 77-61 victory Wednesday night.
Needing to pick up a win to snap a three-game conference skid, the CCSJ (11-7, 5-6 CCAC) offense put it in gear from the tip. The team hit 50 percent of their shots in the opening 20 minutes, including five of the 13 three point attempts that they took during the first half. Trinity Christian (6-15, 2-9 CCAC) shot the ball at a good clip too, to the tune of 46.7 percent from the floor, though they only made three of the 12 tray attempts they took. The final eight minutes before halftime was when the Wave’s offense took over. They outscored the Trolls 22-11 during that time frame and took a 43-31 lead into the half. Devin Harrison (SR/Chicago, Ill.) was the key catylst, scoring 13 points in the opening period.
The second half started with a run by the Trolls that brought them within mere points of taking the lead, but every threat was successfully held off by the Crimson Wave team efforts. The Trolls finished with a shooting percentage of 43.9 percent, but the defensive effort from Calumet was much better that even that number suggests. Hustle was being shown the entire game, especially in the second half, as shown by Michael Brooks (SR/Chicago, Ill.) disrupting a fast break attempt with only two minutes left and up by double digits. The overall team effort led to three players with 15 or more points, but more importantly a win for their first time in four attempts, 77-61.
After the game, head coach Ryan Sexson was more than happy with his teams effort on the evening. “Defensively we were good again, this time around the ball was going through the basket. We shot it a lot better and share the ball a lot more. The defense that Trinity Christian plays makes you do a lot of things that you don’t practice. So credit to our guys. Our spacing was good, our ball movement was good. Really good win for us. If we continue this defensive effort, and if we can score like I know that we can, I think were a tough out.”
Devin Harrison added six points in the second half to end up with a game high 19. Randall Rushing (JR/Chicago, Ill.) was king of the boards with seven, and Michael Brooks dished out four assists. The team only commited four turnovers, and scored 13 points off the 11 that the Trolls committed.
Another chance to climb back up the standings comes Saturday afternoon in Joliet against University of Saint Francis. To win, Sexson knows that his team needs to play their type once again. “They have a really good inside guy, so we have to take care of him. We just have to go and play with confidence. I’ve been really pleased with our defense since the break. The problem just has been that we haven’t been making shots. Keep our turnovers down and our asssits up and we’ve got a good shot to win the game.” Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 pm.
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