Men’s Basketball: Joliet Junior College runs past Milwaukee Area Tech
By Dick Goss email@example.com February 13, 2013 10:16PM
Updated: March 15, 2013 1:07PM
They all count the same, but some wins seem bigger than others.
Joliet Junior College kicked up the defense and the resulting transition offense during a 27-12 run in the second half Wednesday night to secure a key 77-64 North Central Community College Conference victory over visiting Milwaukee Area Tech.
JJC (18-9, 10-1), which has been without coach Joe Kuhn this week because of personal issues but expects him back for Saturday night’s home finale against Wright, had its nine-game N4C win streak end Monday in a 104-77 loss at Triton. The Wolves thus were eager to return to the positive side of the ledger against Milwaukee (13-13, 7-3), which has become one of their biggest rivals.
“Much better,” acting coach Keith Kinzler said. “One thing about this game, you have to have a short memory, and we played two days later. Practice wasn’t going to do it.”
Pierre Jolly totaled 16 points and seven rebounds, Ben Daniel (Plainfield North) and Antwan Hill (Romeoville) scored 14 each (including a combined 22 in the second half) and Edward Richardson chipped in with 11 points and seven boards.
“Ed was a monster on the defensive end, really on both ends,” Kinzler said. “We had too many defensive breakdowns the first half (which ended with the Wolves ahead 37-31). We corrected that and then our transition offense was tremendous when we expanded the lead.”
“We had to get this one, especially with losing to Triton and the absence of our coach,” Daniel said. “It’s always a good game against Milwaukee. We wanted it.”