Inside Boys Basketball
Athlete of the Week
The 6-foot-3 senior guard passed 1,000 points for his career with 26 points in the Blue Streaks’ 59-42 victory over Richmond-Burton on Thursday. He added 21 points in Saturday’s 65-27 win against Big Foot (Wis.).
Turner was called up to the varsity team for the final 10 games of his freshman season. He averaged 13.7 points a game as a sophomore and 15.4 points a game last season when he was selected to the Northwest Herald All-Area second team.
Dan Hill (1,791) is No. 1 on Woodstock’s scoring list; Maury Leitzke (1,121) is No. 2 and Turner (1,022) now is third. Tim Lind (1,003) is fourth.
Slick sophomore: Jacobs guard Chrishawn Orange was not a starter at the beginning of the season, but he quickly has become one of their most important players.
Orange, a 5-11 sophomore, scored 16 points with three 3-pointers in Friday’s 46-39 loss to Huntley, then scored six points in Saturday’s 55-48 victory at Cary-Grove, the Golden Eagles’ first win of the season.
“He’s earned more time as we went along,” Jacobs coach Jim Hinkle said. “He’s going to be a good player.”
Trying to get by: Huntley (4-1 overall, 1-0 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division) won its division opener Friday at Jacobs with two starters – 6-6 Amanze Egekeze and guard Tommy Regan – out with injuries. Egekeze should return in a month after having surgery on his right knee to alleviate his patellar tendinitis.
The Red Raiders have played well without Egekeze, an NCAA Division I recruit, and want to stay near the top of the division until he gets back.
“This was a big win to beat a rival on the road,” forward Jake Wagner said after the Jacobs game. “When Amanze gets back, it’s going to be scary.”
Big fan: Count Crystal Lake South coach Matt LePage as a fan of Crystal Lake Central point guard Brad Knoeppel.
Knoeppel, a 5-10 senior, scored 18 points in the Tigers’ 59-47 victory over South on Saturday.
“Knoeppel’s just a player,” LePage said. “He’s so savvy, I like to watch him. He loves the moments like that with a big crowd.”
Knoeppel’s quickness makes him difficult to deal with on both ends of the court.
“Brad’s such a competitor,” Central coach Rich Czeslawski said. “He goes out there and plays the game hard. He is a nightmare for other teams.”
This week’s top games
Huntley at CL Central
7 p.m. Friday
These should be two of the better teams in the FVC this season. Central looks strong with 6-7 Kyle Fleck returning to the lineup for the last two games.
DeKalb at Dundee-Crown
7 p.m. Saturday
The Chargers are off to a 4-1 start this season and suffered their first loss Saturday, 49-31 to Fremd.
– Joe Stevenson