2/5/2013 8:14:00 PM Rival Reed-Custer too strong for Wildcats
Reed-Custer jumped on the Wilmington basketball team from the start and never looked back as they handed them their fourth straight loss, 79-58, Friday in Braidwood on Coaches vs. Cancer rivalry night.
"Great atmosphere to be a part of tonight. Both sets of student sections were loud. Both teams were fired up," said head coach Matt Hines.
"It had all the feel of a regional game which is fitting since we will do it again with Reed-Custer at their place in the first round of regionals in a couple weeks."
Reed-Custer led 22-12 after the first and increased the lead to 45-29 at the half.
"We had a game plan tonight that we thought would give us the victory. Unfortunately, we did not follow it at times and Reed-Custer made us pay. They played exactly like we knew they would."
Nate Rock had his best game of the season with 17 points.
Dan O'Leary also scored 17 points.
Nick Anderson had 10 points and Justin Kulpa scored six points.
Kyler Wood had four points and Mike Gunty and Teddy Mills both scored two points.
The Comets made a season-high 16 three-pointers.
"Their three-pointers made off offensive rebounds or after careless turnovers killed us," said Hines.
"Their style of play forces a lot of turnovers and we had a bunch (32), but we kept making the same mistakes all game long."
The Wildcats are now 11-13 on the season and 3-5 in conference play. They played host to Manteno Tuesday and will host Dwight Friday.
"The guys took this loss pretty hard. I'm just hoping that we remember the feeling in a couple weeks when we see Reed-Custer again."