Boys basketball: Breisch's board play helps lead McHenry past Crystal Lake Central

Patrick Breisch
Patrick Breisch

McHENRY – There was a moment during the third quarter, perhaps around the time McHenry’s Patrick Breisch had corralled his 16th rebound, when Warriors coach Chris Madson pulled Breisch aside.

“I just said, ‘I love to watch you play,’ ” Madson said. “That’s what I said to him. He just plays so hard. It’s our name, but we call him ‘Warrior.’ He goes up there and snatches rebounds with so much emotion. He’s inspiring to watch.”

Breisch, a 6-foot-4 forward, certainly set the tone against Crystal Lake Central on Saturday with his rebounding and defense against the Tigers’ 6-9 center Alex Timmerman. By halftime, Breisch had 12 rebounds, and the Warriors had a 10-point lead.

McHenry widened that with a quick start in the third quarter and defeated Central, 68-48, in a Fox Valley Conference matchup that ended the Tigers’ six-game winning streak.

“Rebounds help my team win games, that’s what I want to do, help my team win,” Breisch said. “Into halftime, my coach said, ‘You have 12 rebounds right now.’ I didn’t even know. I was just doing what I do.”

McHenry (9-4 overall, 4-1 FVC) was led by Gavin Markgraff with 24 points and Maki Mohr with 17. Breisch added 10 to go with his 18 rebounds.

“Even more than his rebounding, his defense on Alex [Timmerman] was unreal,” Madson said. “Alex is a load. He’s a really good player. Pat really took him away, and that’s not a knock on Timmerman as much as a testamant to Pat.”

Breisch said it helped having faced Conant’s 6-9 Ryan Davis at York’s Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament over the holiday break.

“I had that preparation for Davis, and he’s similar to Timmerman,” Breisch said. “It kind of turned over from there to here.”

McHenry jumped quickly ahead behind Markgraff, who drove for a pair of layups and canned a 3-pointer, and never trailed. Mohr threw down a two-handed dunk in the second quarter and hit a pair of 3s.

“We had a lot of energy coming off the York Tournament,” Mohr said. “We knew what we were capable of, going out there and playing together. We stuck to what we do best, inside-out looks, and relied on each other and came through.”

McHenry opened the second half with a Mohr 3, a Markgraff 3 and a steal from Mohr, who hit Markgraff for a layup.

The Warriors hit 14 of 27 from the field in the second half and committed only five turnovers.

“It’s a bond, we know where we’re going to be,” Mohr said. “We’re a brotherhood. A lot of teams don’t understand that, we know where we’re going to be on the court, and that helps us out a lot.”

Timmerman led Central (9-5, 3-2) with 13 points, while C.J. Lerum added 11.

Tigers coach Rich Czeslawski did not like his team’s mental approach all week. Central had just won Marengo’s E.C. Nichols Tournament championship.

“I was actually expecting this,” Czeslawski said. “We practiced terrible all week. We warned them about being overconfident, about mental toughness. We had guys oversleeping, everything that you could be disappointed in happened to us this week. We deserved this.”

However, Czeslawski felt McHenry had a lot to do with the Tigers’ problems on the court.

“They hit the glass, they defend like crazy, they hit shots,” he said. “That’s a complete team right there.”


Patrick Breisch

McHenry, Sr., Forward

Breisch scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds, as the Warriors defeated Crystal Lake Central, 68-48. Breisch, who is 6-foot-4, also defended Central’s 6-9 Alex Timmerman, who scored 13 points.



Breisch’s rebound total for the first half.


McHenry’s Gavin Markgraff was recognized before the game for reaching 1,000 points for his career, which happened at York’s Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament. The last two Warriors to hit 1,000 were Luke Slater and Chad Reilly in 2004. Reilly was in attendance Saturday.

McHenry 68, Crystal Lake Central 48


Welder 2 0-0 4, Lerum 4 1-1 11, Timmerman 6 1-1 13, Cassell 2 1-2 5, Haviland 2 0-0 5, Freund 0 0-0 0, Dungey 4 0-0 8, Keenan 0 0-0 0, Williams 1 0-0 2, Buchta 0 0-0 0, Revnew 0 0-0 0, Vesely 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 3-5 48.

McHENRY (68)

Markgraff 9 2-2 24, Mohr 5 5-5 17, Breisch 5 0-2 10, March 2 2-2 6, Evans 3 0-0 6, Calabrese 1 0-0 3, Diedrich 0 0-0 0, Kosmalski 0 0-0 0, Huff 1 0-0 2, Freund 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Maye 0 0-0 0, Bauer 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 9-11 68.

CL Central 9 11 15 13 - 48

McHenry 17 13 21 17 - 68

3-point goals: CL Central 3 (Lerum 2, Haviland), McHenry 7 (Markgraff 4, Mohr 2, Calabrese). Total fouls: CL Central 13, McHenry 12.

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