Boys Basketball: Jerron Wilbut leads Downers South by Maine South
Updated: December 28, 2011 10:09PM
While Downers Grove South came out of its zone defensively in the second half to combat Maine South’s hot shooting start, the Mustangs’ Jerron Wilbut entered a different kind of zone all his own.
The athletic guard scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, helping the Mustangs (9-1) turn a 32-28 halftime deficit into a 69-52 win over the Hawks (7-4) in the York tournament quarterfinals.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Wilbut, whose trio of one-handed dunks included one of an alley-oop pass from Jamall Millison. “We haven’t played a team that played a matchup 3-2 zone, but we just had to adjust and be a little more patient. We found a way to get by it.”
“He got his shot whenever he wanted, and he attacked both ways (to his left and right),” Maine South coach Tony Lavorato said of Wilbut. “He was under control and he creates space so well. I was really impressed with him as a player.”
Maine South had its own standouts in John Solari (22 points, nine rebounds) and Andrew Vey (13 points), who nailed four three-pointers in the second quarter as an 18-17 Downers South lead dissipated into the Hawks’ halftime advantage.
The Hawks followed a solid 14 of 28 field goal shooting first half by making just 7 of 23 shots after Downers South switched to man-to-man in the second half. The Mustangs shot 60 percent from the floor after the break (15 of 25).
Downers South’s Kevin Honn (13 points, nine rebounds) was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and Millison added nine points.
“Our strengths are athleticism and speed,” Downers South coach Jay Baum said. “We made some adjustments at halftime that made a big difference.”
“We had to come out and be more aggressive than they were,” Wilbut said of his team’s comeback. “Our pressure rattled their offense a little bit and we got a lot of steals (11 as a team, three by Wilbut).”
The Mustangs advance to the tournament semifinals at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.