by Mark Jurgena
COLLINSVILLE — They burst out of the starting gate. Then dominated the rest of the game.
Collinsville began the season 7-for-8 shooting including 3-for-3 from long range to jump out to a 17-4 lead and cruised to a 67-39 running clock victory at Herrin on Nov. 22.
The victory was career win number 2,200 in the storied history of Collinsville Kahok basketball.
“We got off to a great start establishing Zach (Chambers) in the post, and Jamorie (Wysinger) knocking down threes,” said CHS coach Darin Lee now in his 35th year as a varsity head coach at three different schools. Chambers and Wysinger scored 18 of the 22 Kahok points in the opening quarter of the season to give CHS a 10-point lead at the quarter break.
The scoring pace slowed a little in the second quarter but the defense did not. Collinsville outscored the Tigers 11-6 in the period but forced five turnovers to take a 33-18 lead into the locker room. Chambers had five points while Nick Horras and Stanley Carnahan each converted conventional three-point plays.
Collinsville came out firing on all cylinders in the third. Herrin hit a pair of early free throws before the Kahoks went on a 14-0 run to go up 47-20 with 3:57 to play in the quarter. Horras had seven points during the spree while Wysinger buried a three (his fourth triple of the evening). Chambers and Chase Reynolds also had buckets during the spree.
The Kahoks were able to increase their lead to 61-30 midway through the fourth quarter to invoke a running clock.
For the contest, Chambers dropped 20 points while Wysinger had 16 including four threes. He also had three steals. Horras had 10 points and seven boards while Carnahan also collected 10 rebounds.
The first points of the season came courtesy of a low post bucket by Chambers who was fouled on the play at the 7:48 mark of the opening quarter. He stepped to the free throw line and converted the three-point play.
The 2,200 wins put Collinsville at number two in Illinois history as the winningest boys high school basketball program behind Centralia. The Orphans came into the season with 2,348 wins and had four last week for 2,352 victories.
After their weekend tournament, the Kahoks have 2,203. Quincy is third with 2,116 after their three wins last week.
“2,200 wins is an incredible accomplishment for the community, coaches, and players over the last 116 years of Kahok basketball,” said CHS coach Darin Lee.
CHS athletic director Clay Smith echoed Lee’s sentiments.
“One can’t think of Collinsville and not think of Kahok basketball,” he said. “The pride, history, and tradition of Kahok basketball is like no other in the state of Illinois. Winning 2200 is a testament to all the hard work and dedication of all Kahok basketball players and coaches that have worn the purple and white proudly.”