MVCC men make things right vs. Wright
Moraine Valley’s men’s basketball team played better basketball on Dec. 17, which showed in their 63-57 victory over Wilbur Wright College.
Although Moraine Valley had some dominating moments, they did let the Rams back into the game for a close finish. Denton Wallace led the way with 16 points and six rebounds followed by Johnte Shannon (15 points, five rebounds, three assists), Cameron Juillerat (11 points, three rebounds), Des’nique Harris (eight points, seven rebounds), and Kyle Ward (six points, 12 rebounds, three assists).
The Cyclones may have found their groove after earning a second consecutive win Dec. 19 over rival Joliet Junior College. It came down to the wire, but Moraine Valley pulled out a 72-71 victory in the final seconds of the game.
At one point the Cyclones were up by 12 points, but with 20 seconds left in the matchup they were down by one. Johnte Shannon made two free throws with six seconds on the clock to put the Cyclones ahead, and the Wolves ran out of time to score.
Des’nique Harris had a double-double on the night with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Ward had a big game with 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and six steals. Paulius Otruskevicius was next with 13 points and five steals followed by Shannon (11 points, three steals) and Cameron Juillerat (10 points).
In five out of their last six wins, the Cyclones have beaten their opponents by more than 12 points. This latest dominating victory was an 86-60 offensive barrage over Wilbur Wright College on Dec. 17.
Moraine Valley led 49-18 at the break and seemed to be on cruise control. The Cyclone pressure caused trouble for the Rams, forcing several turnovers and low percentage shots. However, in an attempt to pull the pressure back to start the second half, Wright subsequently went on a 14-2 run and cut the lead to 51-32. The Rams crept back to within 13 points even with the pressure, but the Cyclones hit a few threes and scored on break away layups to finish with a 26-point victory.
The Cyclones had 35 offensive rebounds to Wright’s 10 for a complete domination on the boards. Every player scored for Moraine Valley in the balanced attack. Nariman Jaber led with 14 points and eight rebounds. Sam Holler (Sandburg) scored 13 while Maggie Yandel (Stagg) finished with 12 points and six steals. Shavonne Lewis and Ashley Cunningham chipped in nine points each. Jamilla Jones was fantastic on the glass, pulling down 12 rebounds, eight from the offensive end.
It was a good way for the Cyclones to end the first half of the season on Dec. 19 in a decisive 61-47 victory over Joliet Junior College on their home court.
There was mostly back and forth action between the rivals for most of the game before Moraine Valley exploded offensively down the stretch. The first half was rough with the Cyclones scoring just 17, nine by Maggie Yandel, and trailing the Wolves by five.
After halftime, the battle was tight until the six-minute mark when a late 14-2 Cyclone run turned the game around. Moraine Valley found their offensive groove and nearly tripled their first half points, scoring 44 for the win.
Katie McGann amassed 21 points—18 of which came in the second half—going 5-for-11 from the 3-point line. She also had three steals. Yandel finished with 19 points. Nariman Jaber came off a 14-point effort from the floor, but dominated the paint with eight blocked shots and six rebounds.
—Submitted by Moraine Valley Community College