BOYS HOOPS INSIDER: Barbs on longest winning streak of season

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 5:30 a.m.CDT

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What started as a split of four games over the weekend around Martin Luther King Jr. has now evolved into the longest winning streak of the season for DeKalb.

The Barbs haven't lost since and have taken out Northern Illinois Big 12 East rivals Kaneland and Sycamore on the way.

"We've played a lot of games against some very quality teams and I think that helps some of our younger and less experienced juniors gain experience that much faster," DeKalb coach Dave Rohlman said. "We've taken it up a notch on defense and we're shooting the ball well, but that has to do with we're aware of our shot selection. We're doing a good job recently with our shot selection."

Rohlman noted that the Barbs were constantly tinkering with their lineups in the early part of the season. Now it seems like DeKalb has found a rotation and the players have solidified their roles on a team that is getting hot at the right time.

"Even guys like [Dre Brown] have settled into their roles. We're sticking him on the best scorer on the other team," Rohlman said. "He's physical and he understands how to stay with guys and doesn't get pushed around easy."

T'wolves rebound: One of the best teams in the state dismantled Indian Creek on Tuesday. Mooseheart came to Shabbona and put on a show with a 76-25 win.

Just 24 hours later, Indian Creek put it all behind them with an 84-79 overtime victory over Polo.

"We've been waiting for a game like this where we play a full game of basketball where everybody's clicking and to beat a very good team," Indian Creek coach Joe Piekarz said. "We've been waiting for this win and it was really nice to get it [Wednesday]."

The Timberwolves still have five games remaining, including a rematch with Somonauk after the Bobcats knocked Indian Creek out of the Little Ten Tournament, before starting postseason play in just more than a week.

Piekarz still wants to see his team progress and hopefully use the Polo game as a springboard.

"We're still trying to continue to put complete games together and getting better as a team," Piekarz said. "Even in the Mooseheart game … I saw signs of it. Wewere getting good looks, they just weren't falling. It was nice to see that transfer over [to Polo]."

VIEWS: Overall fan behavior still a big issue in sports

Marcus Smart was in the wrong.

The Oklahoma State sophomore basketball player admittedly made a mistake when he shoved a Texas Tech fan in the waning moments of the Cowboys - Red Raiders basketball game last week.

The incident didn't show well for Smart, who came back to school for another season after showing the potential to be a top NBA draft pick.

However, it brings to light once again the constant bigger issue of how crowd behavior continues to disintegrate in all sports and at all levels.

I've been to basketball games at the high school, college and professional level this winter and have witnessed inappropriate behavior at all three. Not a game goes by where some form of the "Bull****" chant isn't yelled at least a couple times from a school's student section.

While most of the ridicule is targeted at the referees, much of it is also aimed at the players.

The passion and emotion of fans are many reasons why people prefer watching high school and college sports. But how much can we really expect the athletes on the court to endure while playing? Where is the line between trying to get into a player's head and going too far?

Sports are supposed to be a positive experience for all athletes. Just because they are showcased on the court or under the lights doesn't mean verbal filters no longer apply.

Smart was suspended three games for his actions, giving him some time to think about how he reacted and what he did wrong.

During that time, anyone who attends sporting events on a regular basis should also take a couple moments to ponder their behavior and if it really contributes positively to the arena atmosphere and the athletic experience.

Ross Jacobson is the sports editor of the Daily Chronicle. He can be reached via email at rjacobson@shawmedia.com and follow him on Twitter @RossJacobson.

SPOTLIGHT ON...

Garrett Post, junior, forward, Indian Creek

Post recorded 22 points and 15 rebounds in an overtime victory over Polo at home on Wednesday.

WHAT TO WATCH

Indian Creek at Somonauk, 6:45 p.m. Friday

The Timberwolves get a rematch with the Bobcats after they bounced Indian Creek in the Little Ten semifinals.

Richmond-Burton at Genoa-Kingston, 7:15 p.m. Friday

Genoa-Kingston faces another big test in the Big Northern Conference as the Rockets visit Genoa.

POWER RANKINGS

1. Sycamore (16-4, 5-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) – Spartans still rolling even with loss to DeKalb.

2. DeKalb (11-13, 3-3 NI Big 12) – Playing best basketball in area during recent stretch

3. Kaneland (12-7, 3-3 NI Big 12) – Gaining momentum towards postseason

4. Indian Creek (14-8, 5-1 Little Ten) – Nice win over Polo following loss to Mooseheart

5. Genoa-Kingston (14-8, 6-3 Big Northern Conference East) – Loss to Marengo was a bit of a shock.

6. Hinckley-Big Rock (6-14, 2-3 LTC) – Tough loss in Little Ten consolation finals

7. Hiawatha (2-14, 1-4 LTC) – Won second game vs. LaMoille on Wednesday.

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