2015-'16 Season Coverage
Harry D. Jacobs High School Fox Valley Conference
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Jacobs tops Jefferson to reach semifinals
Updated Dec 22, 2015 10:30 PM
Jacobs was finally starting to break the long-range ice but still struggling to cool off Rockford Jefferson midway through the third quarter Tuesday night.Then 6-foot-9 junior Cameron Krutwig added some fuel to the Golden Eagles after his layup cut their deficit to 9 points in the final round of pool play in the Hinkle Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in Algonquin.“Let’s play some defense,” Krutwig shouted as they came to their bench for a timeout.Jacobs responded by allowing only 19 points in the final 11 ½ minutes and getting the 3-point shooting it needed to complement another Krutwig double-double in a 66-60 victory.Krutwig finished with 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting and 17 rebounds and Ryan Phillips (16 points), Loen Nelson and Cooper Schwartz combined to go 8-for-14 behind the arc after halftime as the Golden Eagles (11-1) won their eighth straight game. They went 3-0 in pool play and face Zion-Benton in Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal.“Love the energy,” Schwartz said after short-circuiting one of Jefferson’s hottest shooters after Kaveon Rogers hit all five of his 3-point attempts in the first 17 minutes.“I thought we clamped down in the second half with our man-to-man,” Krutwig said after Jefferson hit 7 of its first 13 behind the arc but finished 8-for-18. “I was trying to get guys fired up and get them going as much as I could.”Krutwig had 10 points in the first half against the 1-2-2 zone of the J-Hawks (8-5, 1-2 pool play) but a drive by sophomore Quillin Dixon (11 points) and consecutive 3s by Rogers (15 points) put them up 29-19 at intermission. And Phillips had the Golden Eagles’ only successful 3 in 14 attempts.“They’re tough for us to match up with,” said Jefferson coach Todd Brannan of his team with no starter above 6-3. “We even said at halftime they got some good looks but they missed them. I thought our kids played with great effort.“We were stretched out a little bit in the second half and we weren’t able to get out on their shooters, especially in the corner.”Rogers hit his fifth 3 for a 33-22 lead but went 0-for-3 overall with two misses behind the arc the rest of the third quarter against Schwartz. Rogers didn’t even get a shot attempt in the fourth as Jacobs also went to a 1-2-2 zone the final two minutes.“Coach (Jim Roberts) pointed out he was on fire ... but we just wanted to play solid defense,” Schwartz said. “We stepped it up and played with a lot of pride and toughness down (39-27).“As a team we saw something in ourselves and stepped up.”A 15-4 tear on five 3s by Nelson, Schwartz and Phillips put Jacobs up 47-45 with 6:36 left.“We have a lot of guys who can make shots on this team,” Krutwig said.“You have to keep shooting because that’s how basketball is,” Schwartz said.A 9-point run wiped out the J-Hawks’ final lead and put Jacobs up 61-55 with 1:07 left. Krutwig scored twice inside on feeds from Schwartz and Tim Randl and Nik Balkcom hit a driving 3-point play and 2 free throws.Phillips and Schwartz combined to hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final 39 seconds to keep Jacobs in the hunt to win its own tourney for the first time since 2008.“Jacobs is tough with Krutwig inside and two or three kids who can hit the 3,” Brannan said.Barrington will play Rockford Boylan in the other semifinal at 6 p.m., with the championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
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Schwartz heats up in Jacobs’ win
Updated Dec 21, 2015 10:34 PM
With Johnsburg’s zone defense collapsing on Jacobs junior standout center Cameron Krutwig, the Golden Eagles were able to get an abundance of open 3-point opportunities.Junior Cooper Schwartz took advantage of the open shots, connecting of 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. He scored 17 points to lead Jacobs to a hard-fought 50-35 win over the Skyhawks in second round action of the Hinkle Holiday Classic hosted by Jacobs in Algonquin Monday night.“We know teams are going to try to deny Cam the ball and collapse their defense on him,” said Jacobs coach Jim Roberts. “Johnsburg did a great job of defending Cam. We are going to get a lot of good looks from 3-point range and we are going to have make them. We have a lot of shooters who can make 3’s. Tonight was a good night for Cooper.”Schwartz felt he had the hot hand early.“Because of Johnsburg collapsing on Cam I was able to get some good looks,” said Schwartz. “I hit some 3’s early which gave me a lot of confidence.”For the game the Golden Eagles (10-1) made 8-of-16 from 3-point land for 50 percent. Ryan Phillips collected a pair of treys in scoring 8 and Loen Nelson’s only 3 points came on a 3 in the third quarter.Krutwig, who was held scoreless until he connected on a putback with 1:22 left in the third quarter, ended the game with 8 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 blocked shots.“Cam did a great job of not forcing his shots,” said Roberts. “He did a great job of getting the ball to the open shooter.”Johnsburg coach Mike Toussaint believes his team defended Krutwig well.“You have to collapse on Krutwig because he is such an inside force,” said Toussaint. “The trade off is you give up the open 3.”Holding a tenuous 32-25 lead after 3 quarters, Jacobs was able to seize control of the game by scoring the first 10 points of the final 8 minutes.Three baskets for 6 points by Krutwig and Schwartz’s fifth and final 3 of the night keyed the run. Jacobs extended a 7-point lead to 17, 42-25 with 3:44 left in the contest.Johnsburg (5-5), which made 6-of-15 from 3-point range for 40 percent was led by Bryce Smith with 3 treys for 9 points and Mike Shelton also chipped in 9 with a 3.
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Jacobs’ Cameron Krutwig, center, is pressured by Barrington’s Ethan Small, left, and William Reinhard earlier this week. Jacobs is hoping to snag the championship of its own Hinkle Holiday Classic, which starts on Saturday.
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Hinkle Holiday Classic boasts a balanced field
Updated Dec 17, 2015 7:12 PM
The 2015 Hinkle Holiday Classic is up for grabs and the home team is targeting the title.Reconfigured Jacobs, which replaced a pair of graduated all-area guards with two productive sophomores, on Saturday begins the quest to win its own tournament for the first time since it won three straight titles between 2006-08.Defending champion Larkin (5-3) is playing in a showcase event in Missouri this weekend. The Royals also accepted an invitation to compete at the Proviso West Tournament, which begins on Dec. 26, the same day the Hinkle Holiday Classic concludes.“Even if Larkin were here, I think we’d have a real good shot at it,” Jacobs coach Jim Roberts said. “I think this tournament is wide open with a lot of solid teams.”Jacobs has won 8 of its first 9 games, led by 6-foot-8 junior Cameron Krutwig, who averages 17.8 points, 13.1 rebounds 2.9 blocks and 2.7 assists per game. The Golden Eagles enter the tournament on the heels of road wins at McHenry, Huntley and Barrington.The emergence of sophomore guards Ryan Phillips (6-3) and Nik Balkcom (6-2) has eased the pain of graduating all-area guards Chrishawn Orange (Augustana) and Kenton Mack (Northern Michigan).Phillips is second to Krutwig with 13.7 ppg. Already a multidimensional scoring threat, his drives have resulted in 28 free-throw attempts, of which he has drained 19 (68 percent). Also a deep threat, he shoots 36 percent from 3-point range (18 of 50).Balkcom has been playing starter’s minutes despite coming off the bench behind starting point guard Adam Kale, a 5-9 junior. Kale averages 5 points, Balkcom 6.8.The Golden Eagles open the tournament against Bartlett (4-3) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Hawks ended Jacobs’ season last March with a regional semifinal victory at Bartlett.Jacobs and Bartlett could again meet in the playoffs this season. Of the 12 teams assigned to sub-sectional A of the Rock Valley College sectional, nine are members of the Upstate Eight Conference, including Bartlett.“Our subsectional is basically all Upstate Eight teams,” Roberts said. “We need to play those guys as often as we can, so this is a good opportunity.”Everybody into the pool(s): Besides Jacobs and Bartlett, Pool I at the Hinkle Holiday Classic includes Johnsburg (4-3) and Rockford Jefferson (4-3).Pool II is a tossup between Barrington (5-4), Crystal Lake South (5-3), Lakes (3-4) and Corliss (3-4).Marian Central (6-1) and leading scorer Adam Pischke are assigned to Pool III along with Zion-Benton (3-1), which won the Hinkle Classic in 2013 and defeated Jacobs in the third-place game last December. Rounding out the pool are Cary-Grove (2-6) and Grant (3-4)Pool IV is among the most balanced with South Elgin (4-4), veteran-laden Prairie Ridge (6-1), Rockford Boylan (4-0) and Huntley (4-3). At Proviso West: Larkin and leading scorer/rebounder Christian Negron will compete at the prestigious Proviso West Tournament after winning the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs last year.Larkin opens the proceedings at Proviso West with a rise-and-shine tipoff against Hillcrest on Dec. 26 at 9:30 a.m.The Royals seek their third December tournament title in four seasons. Larkin won the Elgin Holiday Tournament in 2012. First, they play two games in Missouri this weekend.“We have our next 5 or 6 games against high-level competition,” Larkin coach Deryn Carter said. “We’re going to find out a lot about ourselves before the new year ... we’re going to get challenged with some athletes and we’re going to be challenged by some big-time players. We’ll see how we respond.”At Pontiac: West Aurora (3-4) and St. Charles North (2-4) face top competition in their respective opening-round games of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, first contested in 1926.
No. Name Class Height Weight Position
2 Kale, Adam Junior 5'9" G
4 Hogle, Joe Junior 5'11" G
10 Perry, Anthony Junior 5'9" G
11 Nickoley, Jack Junior 5'9" G
12 Schwartz, Cooper Junior 6'0" G
14 Phillips, Ryan Sophomore 6'3" G
15 Ross, Kyle Senior 6'2" G
22 Materna, Mason Junior 6'4" F
24 Krutwig, Cameron Junior 6'8" F
30 Randl, Tim Senior 6'2" F
32 Balkcom, Nik Sophomore 6'2" G
34 Rechsteiner, Brian Junior 6'2" F
50 Price, Joey Freshman 6'6" F
3 Nelson, Loen Senior 6'1" F
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