Boys basketball: Calumet ends skid against Knox; Andrean cruises past KV
By LaMond Pope 648-3090 or firstname.lastname@example.org February 27, 2013 10:16PM
Updated: April 1, 2013 12:11PM
WHEATFIELD — Calumet coach Matt Justin knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
Then again, when your team is on a losing streak, few things come easy.
Every time Knox made a push Wednesday, Justin’s Calumet team had an answer.
The Warriors snapped a seven-game skid, defeating Knox 64-50 in a Kankakee Valley Class 3A Sectional first-round game.
“We struggle sometimes with effort,” Justin said. “We brought a good effort tonight.”
Anthony Harris scored 24 points to lead Calumet to its first win since Jan. 18.
“We’ve been working two hours every day. I’m glad the kids are getting rewarded for it,” Justin said.
Calumet (6-15) will face Hanover Central in a semifinal Friday. Andrean (18-3) meets Rensselaer Central in the other semifinal. The 59ers used their defense to knock off Kankakee Valley 48-23.
“They take a lot of pride in their defense,” Andrean coach Carson Cunningham said. “To give up 23 points is impressive.”
Nick Davidson led Andrean with 15 points.
“We struggled offensively in the first half, we kept missing bunnies and free throws,” Davidson said. “But our defense is what kept us the lead.”
The 59ers held a 13-12 lead with 3:18 to go in the second quarter. Andrean then scored the final five points of the first half. The team opened the second half on a 9-2 run to stretch the lead to 27-14.
“The crowd was real hyped up at the beginning because it was a sectional game and momentum can move a basketball game any way. We got it going our way,” said Andrean’s Collin Wojcik, who had nine points.
Dustin Ketelaar led Kankakee Valley (12-10) with eight points.
“As much as I’d like to say I’m disappointed with the outcome, I’m 100 percent not disappointed in the effort of our guys,” Kankakee Valley coach Jeff Hamstra said.
Andrean had control for much of the second half. Calumet, on the other hand, had to fight off a late charge by Knox (2-19).
Dylan Short scored 18 points to lead Knox. The Warriors led 34-30 with 3:29 left in the third quarter. The team called a timeout and then scored the next six points.
“They showed some resiliency they hadn’t shown this year,” Justin said. “They fought through adversity. They kept battling.”