by Mark Jurgena
COLLINSVILLE — Over the Thanksgiving weekend the Collinsville boys basketball team played host for the initial time to the Collinsville/Mascoutah Thanksgiving Classic at Fletcher Gym.
The Kahoks went undefeated at the event beating St. Louis (Miller Career Academy), Riverview Gardens, Mo. and Mascoutah to raise their season mark to 4-0 headed into this week.
“Overall it was really good,” said CHS coach Darin Lee about the Kahoks play at the tourney. “Obviously we played a pretty complete game against Mascoutah,” said CHS coach Darin Lee. “Defensively we were pretty active. We just did a pretty good job defending. We’ve shot it well pretty much every game with (Jamorie) Wysinger and (Nick) Horras. Also, we’ve been able to establish (Zach) Chambers every game.
“The only thing, we didn’t finish the game real well against Miller. That was probably the only negative in the tournament. We had some turnovers late. Other than that it was an excellent tournament.
Collinsville finished off their round robin event with a dominating 63-33 win over Mascoutah Saturday evening. Three Kahoks scored in double figures on the night while another reached double figures in rebounding. Horras led CHS with 21 points while Chambers had 17. Wysinger dropped in a dozen points. Stanley Carnahan had 10 rebounds. Collinsville opened up a quick 7-2 lead in the first, only to see the Indians make it a 7-5 game however the Kahoks would soon blow the game open. CHS went on an 20-0 run over the next 5:21 to take a 27-7 lead with 5:10 to play in the first half.
No play better illustrates this spree than one that didn’t even produce points for CHS. Near the end of the first, CHS was applying the press and Horras knocked away a Mascoutah pass. He dove for the loose ball with a Mascoutah player. Wysinger leaped over the MHS athlete and with the ball still loose Tyree Brister was knocked to the floor trying to retrieve it in the mad scramble. The Indians were called for a foul.
But it illustrates the effort of the Kahoks.
During the huge 20-point spree, Wysinger had seven points, Chambers had six and Horras tossed in five. Stanley Carnahan had a bucket as well. By halftime, the Kahoks had a 34-14 lead. In the third, the Indians cut the lead to 16 points on two occasions but a 12-3 run late in the third and early fourth quarter ended any Mascoutah comeback. Horras had eight points in that time while Chambers had four. For the contest, Collinsville came up with seven steals. Wysinger and Brister had two apiece. Chambers and Horras had two blocked shots apiece.
Saturday afternoon Collinsville took a commanding 23-8 lead after one quarter and cruised to an 82-35 win over Riverview Gardens. Four Kahoks scored in double figures with Carnahan registering a double-double. Horras had 15 points with Wysinger and Evan Wilkinson tossing in 13 points each. Carnahan had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Aside from the offensive production, it was another fantastic defensive effort that carried Collinsville.
The Kahoks had 17 steals on the afternoon with Wilkinson having five and Brister swiping four. Wysinger had three.
“Brister creates a lot of problems,” said Lee. “Defensively he gets his hands on a lot of basketballs whether they are dribbling or passing. He definitely led our team in deflections. He’s really quick and plays hard.”
For good measure Chambers once again altered many shots at the rim and registered two blocked shots.
“He’s a year older, he’s a year better,” said Lee about the Collinsville big man.
Also defensively the Kahoks forced the Rams into a pair of shot clock violations.
Miller Career Academy just wouldn’t go away Friday night at Fletcher Gym but when the dust settled, the Kahoks had a 77-67 win in their tourney opener.
“They shot the heck out of it,” said Lee about MCA. “We could’ve done a better job on defense but still making 11 out of 22 (from three) is not an easy thing. They kept making shots, they just shot it well.”
Collinsville got up early on MCA and took a 39-25 lead into the locker room but the Phoenix wouldn’t go away thanks to a 14-6 run out of the locker room to cut the Kahok lead to four points midway through the third quarter.
However a Brister steal and assists on a Horras layup began a 15-3 run to give CHS a 62-46 advantage early in the fourth. The run was buoyed by three makes from beyond the arc. Wysinger buried a pair of threes and Wilkinson also had one. Wysinger had six points during the run, Horras had four with Wilkinson making the three. Brister also had a layup.
Horras and Wysinger had big games in the scoring column with Horras dropping in 30 and Wysinger tossing in 25. In fact, Wysinger was 10-for-12 from the field including 5-of-7 from three-point range.
“Wysinger is really shooting it,” said Lee. “His shooting stroke, he really works at it, he and Nick Horras work. Wysinger is able to stretch the defense a little bit because he can shoot it back a few feet from the line.”
While Chambers had nine points, he had a monster game in the paint with 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. As always he altered countless other shots. Brister had four steals for the game while Chase Reynolds led CHS with four assists.
Collinsville had three players on the all-tourney team. Chambers, Horras and Wysinger all made the squad.
Collinsville traveled to Rochester Tuesday night however results were unavailable at press time.
Tonight they host Belleville East in their SWC opener. On Tuesday they travel to Belleville West.