DeKALB – The DeKalb boys baksetball team battled back from a first half deficit, but couldn’t complete the comeback as they fell to Hinsdale South 59-56 in overtime.
“It’s the same old problem, anytime game is close and we have a chance to make a play and we don’t make a play,” DeKalb coach Al Biancalana said. “We played well in the fourth quarter. We came all the way back. We’re just not mentally tough enough and fundamentally strong enough. It’s got to change or we can’t win close games against good teams.”
The Barbs (3-4) had a shot to tie the game with five seconds left down 54-57, but Jordan Williams’ three-pointer bounced off the rim and the Hornets (2-4) took the rebound and hit their free throws to lock up the win.
The Barbs took their first lead of the game with 3:38 left in overtime on a Blake Williams’ lay-up.
Williams put on an offensive show in the fourth quarter and overtime, scoring 18 points.
“I wish he would’ve played like that the first three quarters and it wouldn’t have gone into overtime,” Biancalana said.
Williams tied the game with a drive to the basket with 1:53 left in the fourth quarter. It was the first time the teams had been tied since the first scores of the game.
The Barbs swarmed the Hornets in the second half with a full court press that kept Hinsdale South out of its offense and pressured the team into making mistakes.
We’re a young team,” Hornets’ coach Brett Moore said. “DeKalb stepped up the pressure. They did a great job, both offensively and defensively. We just got some timely shots and we’re lucky to get out of here with a win.”
The Barbs couldn’t get much offense going in the first quarter. The Barbs only hit two three-point field goals in the period, but the defense only allowed 13 points to keep the Barbs within striking distance.
“The just punched us right in the mouth and we had no answer,” Biancalana said.
The Barbs got their offense going in the second quarter, but couldn’t put together enough stops as the Hornets lead grew to 11 points. Hinsdale South dominated the boards, keeping the Barbs to a single shot attempt all quarter.
By the numbers: For the Barbs, Joe Owens had 12 points, Isaiah Youngquist had 10 points, and Jordan Williams had six points seven rebounds. For the Hornets, Aaron Tims had 15 points and eight rebounds and Jason Williams had 15 points
Beyond the stats: Michael Newman completed a three-point play to cut the Hornets’ lead to three points in the fourth quarter, but fouled out on the next possession.
They said it: “It’s the third game in a row where our bigs have gotten into major foul trouble,” Biancalana said. “It kills us because we’re not very deep there.”
Up next: DeKalb travels to Geneseo on Saturday at 6 pm. Hinsdale South plays at Hinsdale Central on Friday at 7 pm.