Chargers stay on high road, rout Joliet West
Taming these Tigers required nothing more than a decent shooting eye and an ability to absorb plenty of contact.
Joliet West’s game plan Friday night against Stagg was pretty basic: be physical. But instead of throwing the Chargers off-balance, the strategy merely set the hosts up time and time again at the charity stripe.
A total of 29 fouls were whistled on the Tigers — Stagg coach John Daniels insisted the number probably could have been much higher — and that resulted in 32 free-throw opportunities for the Chargers. Eight of those tosses were misfired in the second quarter, which, when combined with a missed dunk and layup, allowed Joliet West to remain within five of Stagg at halftime after having trailed 18-6 early in the contest.
However, a Max Strus 3-pointer began the third period in fine fashion for the Chargers, and they eventually distanced themselves from the Tigers. With Strus and fellow senior Kevin White giving it a solid 1-2 scoring punch, Stagg pulled away for a resounding 74-54 SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue triumph that kept it rolling.
After enduring a brief mid-season dip, the Chargers (15-5, 4-3) have now won three in a row and seemingly regained a bit of the swagger they possessed at the outset of the campaign, when they reeled off eight consecutive victories.