Will Stupar just couldn't find his shooting touch.
Stupar, who misfired on his first 8 shots, found his range just in time. Off a perfect feed from Cordero Parson, Stupar nailed a 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining to give Dundee-Crown an exhilarating come-from-behind 51-49 victory over upset-minded and host McHenry in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball action Tuesday night.
"I got a great screen and Cordero gave me a great pass and it felt good when it left my hand," said Stupar, who was 1-of-9 from the field and 1-of-5 from 3-point range. "It was a struggle tonight, but coach had confidence in me. That last shot was the best look I had all night. Coach told me to keep shooting. We picked up the defense in the second half. It was a great win."
D-C c aoch Lance Huber stated the Chargers (13-7, 7-1) executed the game-winning play to perfection.
"We ran the play for Dylan (Kissack), but Cordero did a great job of getting the ball to Will who was open for the shot," said Huber. "Will was in good rhythm and got a good look. He struggled tonight but I had confidence he could make that last shot."
Late in the third quarter, things looked bleak for the Chargers. Jamie Rammel's third 3-pointer of the game gave McHenry its biggest lead of the game, 42-29 with 1:33 left in the third quarter.
The Chargers sliced into the lead by scoring the last 5 points of the quarter on a 3-pointer by Bruce Dantzler and 2 free throws by Parson to pull within 8, 42-34, after 24 minutes of play. Both Parson and Dantzler came off the bench to spark the Chargers.
"Things weren't worked for us so we sacrificed offense for defense and quickness," said Huber. "We needed a change and Bruce and Cordero played great. They made a great difference tonight."
Whittling away at McHenry's advantage, the Chargers grabbed a 48-47 lead on a layup by Kissack off a bounce pass from Dantzler with 1:25 remaining.
The Warriors (8-10, 3-4) responded to take a 49-48 lead on a 15-footer by Shane Varvill with 59 seconds left which set up Stupar's heroics.
Brandon Rodriguez led the Chargers with 19 points while Kissack and Dantzler scored 8 apiece.
Rammel, with 4 3-pointers, led the Warriors with 20 points. Varvill added 10 and Robert Tonyan scored 9 with 11 rebounds.