Men stop skid, women’s win streak snapped
Both of Moraine Valley College’s basketball teams saw streaks halted last week.
For the men, that was definitely good news, as they were in the throes of a skid. That slide had reached four games after the Cyclones dropped a 78-62 decision to the College of Lake County in an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference matchup last Tuesday.
However, Moraine finally reversed course on Thursday, as it slipped past Waubonsee College, 64-58, in overtime. Kyle Ward led the way for the Cyclones with a triple-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, plus four steals.
Denton Wallace tossed in 15 points, and together he and Ward enabled Moraine to set the OT pace and snatch away the momentum Waubonsee carried with it into the extra session after forging a 55-all tie with less than a full second remaining in regulation.
Also lending a hand for the Cyclones were Johnte Shannon (11 points, five rebounds), Brett Kaiser (eight points, six rebounds) and Des’nique Harris (seven points, 10 rebounds). The win was Moraine’s first in conference play this season.
Trailing CLC by just four points at halftime on Tuesday, the Cyclones ran aground after the break and were never able to fully recover. Ward (14 points, six rebounds, four steals, three assists) and Paul Ostruskevicius (13 points, seven rebounds, three steals) were Moraine’s top performers in defeat.
Three days before falling short of CLC, the Cyclones dropped an 80-73 verdict to Oakton College. Four players accounted for nearly three-fourths of Moraine’s production as Kaiser (16 points, eight rebounds, three assists), Harris (16 points, seven rebounds), Shannon (12 points, four assists) and Ward (11 points, six assists, five rebounds) all tallied in double figures.
As for the female Cyclones, the end of their streak was unwelcome as it meant a five-game string of successes had been broken. Doing the deed last Thursday was Waubonsee, which prevailed 67-61 in Palos Hills.
Moraine, which lost for the first time in ISCC play, fell 18 points in arrears of Waubonsee during the second half before charging all the way back to within three. Two long-range attempts to create a tie were off the mark, however, and the Cyclones were never able to catch up to the Chiefs.
Katie McGann paced Moraine with 15 points, which came on five 3-point baskets. Jamilla Jones chipped in her third consecutive double-double by totaling 13 points and 11 rebounds, Maggie Yandel had 11 points, and Nariman Jaber finished with five points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
Two other outings wound up positively for the Cyclones, who downed the College of Lake County 69-54 last Tuesday and Oakton College 71-52 on Jan. 11.
A switch to man-to-man pressure defense late in the first half allowed Moraine to go on an 8-0 run and establish a 34-29 halftime lead over CLC. From there, the Cyclones gradually pulled away to post a more convincing victory.
Spurring Moraine to its fifth win in a row were Yandel and Jones. Yandel, who was coming off an ISCC Player of the Week selection, delivered 19 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals on the Cyclones’ behalf, while Jones supplied a double-double of 13 points and 14 boards.
Also heard from were Aileen Gorman (11 points, 11 rebounds, six steals, four assists), Jaber (10 points, seven rebounds) and McGann (10 points, including three 3-point buckets).
Yandel received her conference honor after her 20-point outburst helped Moraine beat Oakton. That effort came on the heels of a 29-point display versus Olive-Harvey. Yandel hit 23-of-35 shots over that two-game stretch and augmented her scoring with 10 rebounds, six steals and six assists.
The triumph over Oakton also featured solid showings from McGann (17 points), Jones (12 points, 18 rebounds), Gorman (eight points, 10 rebounds, eight assists) and Jaber (eight blocks). The Cyclones extended a 34-29 halftime lead to double digits right away and held an advantage as big as 25 points in the second half before bagging the 19-point victory.