Trotter joins 1,000 club as Schaumburg downs Conant

  • Schaumburg's Heze Trotter delivers 2 points and reaches the 1,000 point mark for his career against Conant in the boys varsity basketball game at Conant on Friday.

      Schaumburg's Heze Trotter delivers 2 points and reaches the 1,000 point mark for his career against Conant in the boys varsity basketball game at Conant on Friday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's Heze Trotter delivers 2 points and reaches the 1,000 point mark for his career against Conant in the boys varsity basketball game at Conant on Friday.

      Schaumburg's Heze Trotter delivers 2 points and reaches the 1,000 point mark for his career against Conant in the boys varsity basketball game at Conant on Friday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Conant's Jonathan Kolev takes possession of a loose ball as Schaumburg's Heze Trotter, Vaurice Patterson and Arnav Karnik makes sure he stays on the floor in the boys varsity basketball game at Conant on Friday.

      Conant's Jonathan Kolev takes possession of a loose ball as Schaumburg's Heze Trotter, Vaurice Patterson and Arnav Karnik makes sure he stays on the floor in the boys varsity basketball game at Conant on Friday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
By Lou Nunez Jr.
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 1/25/2019 11:52 PM

In earning their 16th victory of the season Friday evening over archrival Conant, Schaumburg's boys basketball team had to overcome a trio of obstacles to earn that win.

First, it had to make it through a late afternoon snowfall that made the short 3.2 mile to the high school located on the east side of Hoffman Estates a little treacherous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Second, it along with the host Cougars endured a 15 minute delay to the opening tip-off as a result of two of the three assigned officials being unable to make it in time for the 6 p.m. start. A referee from one of the lower-level games filled in until both officials arrived by the early stages of the second quarter.

Last but not certainly least, the Saxons would need to overcome a pugnacious Conant challenge that saw a 10-point lead dwindle down to only 2 over the final 3:21 that needed a pair of Michael Hodges free throws to preserve a 45-41 victory at Perry Gym.

"Anytime you play Conant it's going to be a battle. You never come in here unprepared knowing it's going to be a dogfight," Schaumburg coach Wade Heisler said.

The win allowed Schaumburg (16-5, 6-1) to remain in a first-place tie alongside Fremd atop the MSL West standings. The Vikings bested crosstown rival Palatine 51-37 on their home floor a few minutes prior to the completion of Schaumburg's triumph.

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It also marked the first time the Saxons swept the regular-season series from Conant since the 2014-15 season when current Schaumburg athletic director Marty Manning was head coach.

After a drive inside by Conant's Raj Mittal (team-high 13 points) that pulled Conant within 34-31 with 6:36 left, the visitors went on a decisive 9-2 run over the next 3:15 that gave them a 43-33 advantage on a Hodges layup.

Six-foot-3 senior Heze Trotter scored the first 7 points of the run that featured a 3-pointer in between a pair of drives inside the lane. He finished the night with a game-high 19 points.

Trotter, a four-year varsity letterman, crossed the 1,000 point mark for his career on another inside hoop in the paint with 4:11 left in the opening quarter of play.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"I'm just happy that we got the win," Trotter, who now has 1,015 points, said. "I couldn't be happier with this team. It's a great feeling."

Trotter, who committed to NCAA Division II Missouri Western last Sunday, has left a positive impression on his head coach.

"He's awfully special," Heisler said. "Best part about Heze is he makes others better and seeing that over the past f our years is something that I'm super proud of."

Six-8 sophomore Chris Hodges added 10 points for the Saxons while 6-4 sophomore Devon Ellis added 11 for Conant.

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