The first-quarter statistics for the Dundee-Crown boys basketball team Tuesday night could be described as ugly.
The Chargers had as many field-goal attempts (7) as points (7). They had 11 turnovers. They did not make a field goal in the second quarter -- and they only took two shots in the quarter.
Yet somehow, D-C was only down by 10, 17-7, at halftime. But the deficit was too big to get out from as the Chargers fell to Prairie Ridge, 45-36, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Carpentersville.
"Prairie Ridge did a great job. They took us out of everything we wanted to do," D-C coach Lance Huber said, choosing his words carefully. "Their zone was really, really good. They play it well."
D-C (6-16, 2-8) didn't hit a basket until Nick Munson scored with 1:12 remaining in the first quarter. A layup from Juwan Stewart with 46 seconds to go tied the game at 5-5, which was the score at the end of the first quarter. Prairie Ridge (15-10, 6-5) was just 2-for-12 in the quarter.
Kiwaun Seals' two free throws with 1:53 remaining in the first half were the Chargers' only points of the second quarter.
"I think it was a combination of things," Wolves coach Corky Card said of the first half. "We did a good job of defense. They also had some good looks that they just didn't hit."
Prairie Ridge led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter. The Chargers got within 7 three times in the fourth quarter as they finally started to find the net. Munson hit a 3-pointer, D-C's fourth of the quarter, with 3:39 remaining to make it 36-29. The Chargers wouldn't get any closer.
"The second half we played with a little more energy," Huber said. "As soon as we got close, they have a guy (Michael Bradshaw) who can score whenever they need a bucket."
Bradshaw scored a game-high 15 points, all in the second half. Payton Otto and Matt Perhats each added 8 points for PR.
Munson led the Chargers with 14 points. Cordero Parson finished with 9 points, all in the second half, off the bench.