Bys Basketball: Dundee-Crown pulls away from JacobsDundee-Crown's Dylan Kissack dribbles past Jacobs junior Will Schwerdtmann on Saturday in Carpentersville. | Andrew A. Nelles~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 8, 2012 12:59AM
There were no surprises Saturday night when a Dundee-Crown team looking to hit its stride hosted a Jacobs squad struggling for wins.
The Chargers never exactly buried the Golden Eagles, but they certainly held their District 300 rivals at arm’s length for much of the night in a 49-38 victory in the Fox Valley Valley opener for both teams.
Dylan Kissack scored 11 points and Brandon Rodriguez added 10 points and five rebounds for Dundee-Crown (8-6), which sent Jacobs (2-10) to its ninth loss in 10 games.
“We emphasized that we didn’t want to underestimate (Jacobs),” Kissack said. “Even though their record wasn’t very good, we knew they would come out and play hard against us. So we wanted to come out with the same intensity and get off to a good start, and I think we did.”
The Chargers used an 8-2 run in the first half to open a 16-8 advantage with 7:26 left in the second quarter. The modest surge proved significant as the Eagles trailed by at least six points the rest of the way.
Senior Brandon Gordon came off the bench and scored all eight of his points in the second half for the Chargers. Bruce Dantzler and Cordero Parson also made notable contributions off the bench as Dundee-Crown topped Jacobs for the third straight time.
“I thought Jacobs did a good job of taking away some of our guys like B-Rod and Dylan,” Dundee-Crown coach Lance Huber said. ”It was tough for them to get looks, but we got contributions from guys that we’re going to need to help us.”
Will Schwerdtmann tallied a game-high 15 points and Bobby Mladenovic added eight points for Jacobs, which didn’t display the kind of punch coach Jim Hinkle was looking for.
The Eagles didn’t attempt a single free throw on the night, and although they never trailed by more than 16 points, they also never seriously threatened the Chargers.
“I thought (Dundee-Crown) was far more aggressive than we were, and the aggressor got the win,” Hinkle said. “They got the loose balls and they got the rebounds, and I thought they kind of dominated the game to be honest.”