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Black Hawk finds a way to hang on for win in first tight game of season


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Posted Online: Nov. 18, 2012, 9:24 pm
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By Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com
It took until the fifth game of the season for the Black Hawk College men's basketball team to be in a game decided by 14 points or fewer.

Finally in one of those, the young Braves found it tough to close out the McHenry County Scots on Sunday afternoon at the BHC gym, but still managed to hold on for a 79-71 victory.

Coach Darren Bizarri's Braves struggled from the line down the stretch-- all day in fact, hitting only 19 of 32 from the charity stripe. The Braves also had trouble handling the tenacious MCC press, committing 20 turnovers.

"McHenry is not easy to play against," said Bizarri. "They are athletic and it's really chaotic. I thought they were a tough opponent. I thought some of it was us and some of it was what they were doing to us."

The 3-2 Braves had some nice spurts in the game. The most impressive one was when Heith Beach (16 points and five rebounds off the bench), Sheawn Bedford, Geneseo's Jared Kuban (10 points, seven rebounds off the bench), Greg Kent and Cody Cooley (10 points, eight rebounds before being injured) were on the court. In a little more than two minutes, that group moved the Braves from an 18-17 lead to a 30-17 advantage.

But showing their youth, the Braves gave most of that run back before the half even ended and led 41-34 at the half. For the most part, the second half was close. It actually was closer than it needed to be as the Braves hit just nine of 17 free throws in the final 4:51.

"It has been a struggle all year," said Bizarri of his team's 64.2-percent free-throw shooting coming in. "We have to improve. With three minutes left in the game, if we make our free throws, were up 12 or 14 and cruising."

Instead, McHenry (3-2), playing without its best player who was out for disciplinary reasons, hit a couple of late 3s to keep it close and keep the pressure on. Tyrone Linder (15 points) and Kendall Frank (14) led the Scots.

"We gave them opportunities to hang in that we didn't need to," said Bizarri. "But there were stretches that you see why we're excited about the group we have. There were stretches we played well."

Key for the Braves will be getting people healthy and accustomed to playing together. The Braves just got Kuban back in the lineup from a strained MCL. Shooting guard Austin Long is out with a sprained ankle. Cooley, a very smooth sophomore out of Davenport West, went out a little more than a minute into the second half and was not able to come back after injuring in his back on a hard fall to the floor.

Also making a nice contribution was former Erie standout Jordan Schaller. The 6-foot-6 freshman forward popped for a game-high 19 points, showing a deft touch from the field on 9-of-12 shooting and showed his explosiveness with a fast-break dunk.

"He is just scratching the surface of what he can do," said Bizarri.

Deqwon Horn also added 10 points and dished out five assists, a number matched by Beach.

BHC women 84, McHenry County 49: Freshman Sanela Causevic, a former Moline prep, hit seven 3-pointers en route to a game-high 29 points in leading the Lady Braves to the nonconference victory. Fellow freshman and Rock Island product Rayven Morrow added 11 as the hosts had 10 players score.





BASKETBALL
QC college men
Black Hawk 79, McHenry County 71
McHENRY COUNTY (3-2)
Wash 3-9 3-4 4 4 9, Frank 5-9 3-4 4 5 14, Linder 6-11 0-0 5 2 15, Coleman 3-5 0-0 1 1 7, King 0-2 0-2 3 4 0, Mann 3-8 1-1 1 6 7, Kennedy 3-6 1-1 2 0 9, Onyibor 2-5 0-1 4 2 4, Baine 3-6 0-0 3 1 6. Totals 28-61 8-13 27 26 71.
BLACK HAWK (3-2)
Schaller 9-12 1-3 2 3 19, Bedford 1-4 2-4 0 3 4, Russell 1-5 0-0 1 0 2, Horn 3-9 4-6 1 5 11, Cooley 2-4 6-8 2 8 10, Kent 0-2 0-0 1 1 0, Banks 1-2 1-2 2 0 3, Kuban 4-5 2-5 2 7 10, DeBacker 1-1 1-2 0 7 4, Beach 5-7 2-2 1 5 16, Char 0-1 0-0 1 0 0. Totals 27-52 19-32 13 40 79.
Halftime: BHC 41-34. 3s: McHenry 7-15 (Linder 3-4, Kennedy 2-5, Coleman 1-1, Frank 1-3, Wash 0-2); BHC 6-10 (Beach 4-5, DeBacker 1-1, Horn 1-2, Russell 0-1, Bedford 0-1). Assists: MCC 4 (Coleman 2); BHC 13 (Horn 5, Beach 5). Turnovers MCC 116, BHC 20. Steals: MCC 8 (Frank 3); BHC 7 (Beach 3). Blocks: MCC 1 (Onyibor); BHC 6 (Cooley 4).

BASKETBALL
QC college women
Black Hawk 84, McHenry County 49
McHENRY COUNTY
Campbell 1 0-0 1 2, Meyer 4 0-0 2 8, Dixon 2 3-3 4 7, Alexander 3 3-4 1 10, Maynard 3 2-2 2 8, Ganschow 1 0-0 4 2, Johnson 4 2-2 5 12. Totals 18 11-10 19 49.
BLACK HAWK (1-2)
Causevic 10 2-2 0 29, Hoover 2 0-0 1 6, Washington 1 1-3 1 3, Morrow 4 3-8 2 11, Anderson 1 2-2 0 4, Unruh 2 1-4 2 5, Schutters 1 3-4 0 6, Griffin 0 0-0 1 0, Ickes 3 3-4 1 9, McVietty 1 2-4 2 4, Teel 2 3-4 0 7, Mutum 0 0-0 0 0. Totals 27 20-35 10 84.
Halftime: 38-23 BHC. 3S: MCC 3 (Johnson 2, Alexander 1); BHC 10 (Causevic 7, Hoover 2, Schutters 1).














 



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