By Mark Jurgena
Hitting a game winning shot is special.
Hitting a game winning turnaround jumper off the dribble over your defender from 16 feet away makes it more special.
That’s how it went for Collinsville junior guard Jamorie Wysinger Friday night at Fletcher Gym as he gave the Kahoks their first and only lead with 8.2 seconds to play to give CHS an upset win over East St. Louis 38-37.
The win moved Collinsville to 5-2 on the season and 2-1 in SWC play and dropped the Flyers to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
“It’s important for us to stay in the conference race,” said CHS coach Darin Lee. “We had to play two of the best three teams in the first two weeks. They and Belleville East are probably two of the best along with O’Fallon so that kept us right there in the conference race.”
Wysinger took possession of the ball near the right wing and dribbled across the floor to the left elbow. With his back to defender McKenly Falconer, the Kahok rose up and buried the eventual game winner.
“We’ve been running that action for a long time,” said Lee. “We ran it with Ray’Sean (Taylor) and we put four on the baseline and let somebody operate to see if somebody doubles him they have to pass it and if they don’t double them we left them go to work and that’s what Jamorie did. He was able to get a nice shot at the left elbow. It’s a simple action that we’ve been doing for a long time.”
The Flyers had one last shot but strong defense by Wysinger and Jake Wilkinson forced East St. Louis star Maccaleb Rich to take a contested eight-footer. When KJ Thorps-Watt wrestled away possession of the rebound the buzzer sounded and CHS had the victory.
“We knew it was going to Rich and we knew he was going to get it going downhill,” said Lee. “When he gets going like that we just try to pinch and get as many guys to contest him as we can. It’s hard to get in front of him you’re taking a chance that you’re going to get a block because he’s going to the basket. We had a foul to give and were going to try to use it but I let the kids, that’s their discretion we didn’t foul him and it worked out for us.”
Collinsville trailed by as many as ten points in the final quarter and by nine with 5:54 to go but the Kahok defense stiffened and came up with stops on six of the final seven possessions of the game to hold the Flyers scoreless during that time and take the win.
It was the second to last possession that was the key.
CHS was on a 9–0 run over a three minute span when the Flyers took possession of the ball with 2:13 to play. They played keep away for almost two minutes. But as an inbound pass from the baseline floated toward Falconer, Wysinger was able to get a hand on it and deflect it off the Flyer guard. Falconer’s diving attempt to save the possession gave the Kahoks the ball back with 33 seconds to play and paved the way for Wysinger.
“I thought all the kids denied their man well in that situation,” said Lee. “They didn’t really have a good look to throw it, they had to throw one up in the air. Jamorie got his hand on it and then we got the turnover.”
The Kahoks looked like they were in trouble midway through the third as they trailed 31-20 and were 0-for-4 shooting in the quarter with three turnovers. CHS put together a quick 5-0 run with four from Wilkerson and a free throw from Nick Horras to cut it to six. But Rich hit a bucket and a pair of early 4th quarter free throws to give the Flyers a ten-point lead.
Down nine, Collinsville fought back into the game thanks to a nice move in the paint by Zach Chambers and a three from the left corner by Wysinger to get within four. Wilkinson hit a runner and Chambers hit a free throw to put CHS down one.
Collinsville went 5-for-6 from the field in the quarter while the Flyers were 1-for-9. CHS went 2-for-3 from beyond the arc while East St. Louis was 0-for-5 in the stanza.
Wilkinson had a game-high 14 points while Wilkinson had eight. Chambers tied for the rebounding lead with six and led in assists with three. Thorps-Watt also had six boards. Wilkinson had two steals.
CHS 72 Ladue, Mo. 58
If this were Twitter the post would look like this:
The Kahoks shot 80.6 percent for the game.
That’s it, that’s the Tweet.
Well, this is not Twitter but now you know exactly what happened as Collinsville knocked off Ladue, Mo, 72-58 in the Scott Credit Union Shootout at Lucco-Jackson Gymnasium in Edwardsville Saturday afternoon.
“We shot the heck out of it,” said Lee. “A lot of that was that they extended pressure on us and when we broke pressure we finished at the rim. Jake really shot it. Jake’s shooting floaters and midranges really well. Our bigs, neither big missed a bucket. We executed very well.”
Shot the heck out of it? I guess. In the 2nd half Collinsville went 17-for-18 from the field. That’s 94 percent shooting to close out the game.
To begin the game CHS wasn’t doing poorly, they went 8-for-13 in the opening quarter including 3-for-3 from behind the arc to take a 20-12 lead into the quarter break.
Wilkinson had 13 points in the period including all the threes.
CHS extended their lead to 35-26 at the half on 4-of-5 shooting.
As is common with the Kahoks they got out to a good start in the 2nd half by going 8-for-8 from the floor to take a 17-point lead and never looked back.
Their lead ballooned to as much as 25 points early in the 4th quarter before settling in for a 14-point win.
From the field, Collinsville went 29-for-36 and 7-for-9 from three. They also hit 7-of-8 free throws.
Wilkinson had 23 points to lead CHS while Chambers scored 14. Wysinger had 13 markers.
Chambers and Rimar combined to score 22 points down low on 10-for-10 shooting. Chambers hit a pair of free throws.
“We’re playing them both and we’ve had some trouble,” said Lee. “Sometimes Adam’s guarding a guard even Zach has a smaller guy if we’re in man-to-man but we’re hanging in there defensively. Offensively we create matchup problems. Both of them have been patient, especially Adam to see if a double is coming. If a double comes he just passes it. We’ve got three pretty good shooters along with them. We have five guys that can score a little bit.”
Rimar led the squad with five rebounds while Horras collected seven assists.
Tuesday night the Kahoks hosted Granite City however results were unavailable at press time.
Friday they play at O’Fallon and Saturday they travel to Evansville, Ind. to take part in the Bosse Winter Classic. They will play Newburgh, Ind. (Castle) High School at 5:00 p.m.