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Kahoks beat Granite; lose pair over weekend

By Mark Jurgena

It was close, then it wasn’t

Collinsville led 20-18 at the half over a patient Granite City squad but an 11-3 run to start the 3rd quarter gave the Kahoks breathing room and eventually a 50-35 win on Dec. 13 at Fletcher Gym.

“They were very patient,” said CHS coach Darin Lee. “They had multiple possessions of over a minute so we had to keep our concentration (defensively).”

Fortunately for Collinsville, they got out to a 9-2 run to begin the game before the Warriors’ time of possession took its toll.

Adam Rimar got things started with a nice spin move for a bucket then after a Granite dunk, Jamorie Wysinger answered with a three then followed that with a block from behind on a Warrior layup attempt. 

Finally, buckets by Nick Horras and Jake Wilkinson finished the run with 1:36 to play in the opening quarter.

Then Granite’s patience was rewarded with a 14-3 run of their own. They hit four threes during the spree and took a 16-12 lead midway through the second.

CHS was able to regain the lead at the half thanks to five points by Wysinger and three from Wilkinson.

The Kahoks continued their scoring pace into the second half with their big third quarter start.

“We got a four-point first possession,” Lee said. “We really stuck to them defensively. They had trouble scoring.” 

On that initial play, Wilkinson was fouled shooting a three. He made his first two shots but missed on the third, however, Zach Chambers was right there for the putback to put the Kahoks up six. 

After a three by GC, Collinsville put the game away with seven straight points on buckets by Chambers, Horras, and three free throws by Wysinger.

From there CHS steadily pulled away for a big non-conference victory.

“We didn’t have many turnovers,” said Lee. “We’ve really been shooting it well lately. As long as we don’t get too many turnovers we’ll be able to get shots up.”

For the game, the Kahoks had seven turnovers and were hot from the floor again. They were 17-of-28 for 60.7 percent. Meanwhile, the defense held Granite to 14-of-37 shooting for 37.8 from the floor.

Kahok stats

Wysinger had 20 points to lead all scorers including a pair of threes while Wilkinson scored 13. KJ Thorps-Watt led in rebounds with six and blocked shots with two. Horras had the team lead with three assists. Rimar had a pair of steals.

O’Fallon 53 Collinsville 50

Down ten with 5:53 to play, many teams would just give in.

Not Collinsville.

Instead, they battled back to cut the lead to one with 25.8 seconds to play, but O’Fallon’s Isaiah Camper sealed the game with two late free throws to give the Panthers a 53-50 win at the Panther Dome Friday night.

“We battled back, they are good,” said Lee on Sunday. “They played well, they shot it well, 7-of-12 from the arc. We just did not shoot it well this weekend 4-of-16 from the arc in both games. That’s just not going to cut it. We just didn’t shoot it as well as we can. We’re capable.”

The win moved the Panthers to 8-2 on the season and 4-0 in SWC play while Collinsville dropped to 7-3 and 2-2 in loop play.

A bucket by Rini Harris increased O’Fallon’s lead to 44-34 early in the final stanza but the Kahoks came storming back.

An 8-1 run over the next two and a half minutes got CHS back within three and forced O’Fallon to call a time out. Four Kahoks donated to the cause as Wilkinson, Thorps-Watt,  Chambers, and Horras all hit baskets.

After the pause, Harris hit his final two of a game-high 18 points to put OTHS up five with 2:58 to play.

The teams traded baskets before Jamorie Wysinger buried a three from the top of the key to make it a two-point game with 1:18 left.

But Collinsville had a problem. They only had four team fouls in the half, they needed to foul three times to get O’Fallon to the free throw line. They finally got the Panthers to the line with 25.8 seconds to play.

Unfortunately, it was their leading scorer Koby Wilmoth who showed why he was honorable mention all-state last year with Centralia as he calmly buried both free throws to put the Panthers up four.

Once again the Kahoks refused to go away as Wysinger buried a three off the dribble from the left wing to make it a 51-50 game. From there Camper sealed the win.

The Collinsville defense did a solid job holding down O’Fallon’s leading scorers. Wilmoth and Metro East Lutheran transfer Jaeden Rush came in averaging a combined 29 points per game but were held to a total of ten.

Horras was in charge of defending Wilmoth and Wysinger drew Rush.

“We can guard in certain spots,” said Lee. “Whoever we put Horras on is going to have a tough time. He makes it tough for anybody to score. Wherever we go with him we have an advantage. But we really had trouble then matching up with Harris. That’s who he guarded last year. We only gave up 50 and Wysinger did a great job guarding Rush.

“We gave a lot of energy in that game. I’m not sure we can play any harder than that.”

Kahok stats

For Collinsville Wilkinson had 13 points while Wysinger had ten.

Chambers had eight rebounds, Wysinger four steals, and Horras six assists.

Newburgh, Ind. (Castle) 66 CHS 39

Usually, Collinsville is going on runs late in the 1st half and at the start of the 2nd half.

Not this time.

Castle finished the opening half on an 8-0 run then outscored the Kahoks 18-4 in the third period to open up a 23-point lead after three quarters to beat Collinsville in the 10th annual Tri-State Orthopaedics Bosse Winter Classic in Evansville, Ind. Saturday evening.

“We didn’t play well, it was a tough game,” said Lee. “We’ve played a lot of games in a short period of time and I think fatigue was a factor. But hopefully, we can regroup and play well Wednesday.”

The Kahoks have played six games in 11 days and seen some top competition in three SWC schools, two shootout games, and a solid Granite City squad.

Collinsville ended up with 23 turnovers in the contest including 18 combined in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. During that same 16-minute span, the Knights committed three turnovers.

The Kahoks came out matching the Knights shot for shot but fell behind after one quarter 15-10.

Castle held the lead throughout the 2nd quarter but a strange sequence seemed to turn the momentum.

Trailing 23-19 late in the 2nd quarter, Wilkinson stepped into the passing lane and bolted for the other end with the ball and two Knights in pursuit. As he went up for a layup the whistle blew, traveling was the call despite the close proximity of both defenders.

But the CHS defense stiffened and forced a turnover which was followed by a Wysinger three to cut the lead to one.

Then the wheels seemed to fall off.

Castle went on their run to end the half and start the next one to put Collinsville away.

Wysinger had 16 points, while Horras had seven boards and five assists to lead the Kahoks. Chambers had two blocked shots.

Upcoming Schedule

Collinsville played at Breese (Mater Dei) on Tuesday however results were unavailable at press time.

Next up for CHS will be a matchup with Oakville, Mo. on Dec. 28 to start the Prairie Farms Holiday Tourney. 


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