Boys basketball: Collin Wojcik sets the tone early as Andrean beats Hobart
By DENNIS CHURILLA Post-Tribune correspondent January 11, 2013 11:40PM
Andrean's Matt Ruberry shoots over Hobart's Justin Somerville during their game held at Hobart High School on Friday January 11, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 13, 2013 6:13AM
HOBART — Andrean’s Collin Wojcik thought his team needed something to get it going. Five minutes into the 59ers’ 60-37 victory over Hobart, the game was tied and Hobart seemed the more composed of the two teams.
But Wojcik hit a jumper from the right baseline at the 2:14 mark to stake the 59ers to their first lead at 8-6. Wojcik followed that up with a 3-pointer from the left corner and another one from the wing at the first quarter buzzer to give Andrean a 14-6 lead and the rout was on.
“That first 3-pointer was from way deep on the baseline, but it felt pretty good,” said Wojcik. “Then I put up the second one and it goes in and it gave me and the team a lot of energy going into the second quarter.”
Wojcik led Andrean (10-0) with 17 points, including one more 3-pointer in the first half. Andrean turned up the heat on Hobart, forcing 15 turnovers in the first half as the 59ers took a 35-22 lead at the half. Then the 59ers turned their attention inside in the second half and got the response they were looking for from Skyler Moss. Moss scored 10 of his 17 points in the third quarter, many off assists from point guard DJ Gonzalez.
“Skyler finished really strong around the bucket — it’s one of our focal points,” said Andrean coach Carson Cunningham. “And I think DJ had eight assists, so that’s something we really like to do as often as we can.”
Hobart (3-9) got 12 points from Anthony Burgos and seven points and a game-high seven rebounds from 5-9 guard Josh Kelly, the smallest player on the floor.
“I thought we came out and played deliberately and worked really hard on the board tonight,” said Brickies coach Mike Black. “But Andrean’s a load for anybody with their pressure and we turned the ball over 23 times, which you just can’t do.”