Senior citizens step up, lift St. Ambrose to win
When Trinity International eliminated a 16-point deficit in the second half of its guys’s basketball video game Saturday at St. Ambrose, a little senior smart and a half-dozen free tosses from a freshman made the distinction in a 92-81 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference triumph.
The Trojans, tracking 47-36 at halftime and 56-40 with simply over 15 minutes left in the video game, utilized an 11-of-22 touch from 3-point variety to shoot their way back into the game at Lee Lohman Arena.
Jonathan Johansson erased the last residues of the Battling Bees’ lead, connecting the video game at 66-66 when he hit the very first two of three complimentary throws with 7 minutes, 11 seconds staying.
Offering leadership needed to assist St. Ambrose bounce back following its first CCAC loss, elders accounted for the next 20 points the Combating Bees scored.
John Kerr broke the deadlock, taking a feed from Michael Williams and knocking down a 3-pointer from the ideal baseline with 6:58 left to put St. Ambrose ahead to stay at 69-66.
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Kerr buried another 3-pointer and collected 10 of his 30 points throughout that stretch, a run that saw Warren Allen, Dylan Kaczmarek and Williams likewise contribute to an effort which left the Fighting Bees ahead 86-79 with 1:04 remaining.
” The old guys, we kind of took over the game,” Kerr stated. “We needed to and the experience we have, it mattered.”
After St. Ambrose brought a seven-point lead into the final minute, Trinity International was forced to nasty and selected to send out the only freshman on the floor to the line.
But, Will Spriggs delivered. The guard struck 6 complimentary tosses over the last:56 to assist St. Ambrose secure the double-digit triumph.
” We emphasized to the players after Wednesday that we required to get back on track and not let that loss impact the next 2, 3 games,” Combating Bees coach Ray Shovlain said. “They reacted.”
It was a collaborative effort.
9 of the 10 players who saw action for St. Ambrose scored points as part of the Bees’ 52.3% effort from the field.
9 contributed to the 42-23 rebounding advantage St. Ambrose built and nine dished out assists.
Shovlain liked the effort he saw on the offending glass, where the Combating Bees grabbed 14 of the rebounds and turned those boards into 17 second-chance points.
” That’s a distinction maker,” Shovlain stated.
So was the work of an improving freshman class, which helped St. Ambrose (9-3, 4-1 CCAC) build its first-half lead.
Nathan Moeller, a 6-foot-6 forward from Clinton Prince of Peace, scored 7 of his nine points during a 19-8 run midway through the opening half.
Two other freshmen, Jake Friel and Spriggs, likewise scored during that stretch, which saw freshman Jake Conerty collect three of his team-high 4 helps.
” We’re halfway through our freshmen season and it’s our task to bring some energy and be all set to play when we’re required,” Moeller said. “We revealed today that we can be available in and help and offer the older people on the team a breather. That’s our job, to help the group when we’re out there.”
There was no shortage of assistance Saturday. In addition to Kerr’s 30 points, junior Ben Schols scored 13 points and Williams and Allen finished with 12 apiece to balance the Bees’ attack.
Brandon Lawani matched Kerr’s point total to lead the Trojans (4-4, 1-4), while Johansson utilized a 6-of-9 touch from 3-point range in a 20-point trip.
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