Minus Hodges, Schaumburg rallies past Huntley

  • Huntley forward Uchenna Egekeze (32) feels some pressure from Schaumburg guard Jared Schoo (15) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Huntley forward Uchenna Egekeze (32) feels some pressure from Schaumburg guard Jared Schoo (15) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley forward Ryan Sroka (14) collides with Schaumburg guard Jared Schoo (15) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Huntley forward Ryan Sroka (14) collides with Schaumburg guard Jared Schoo (15) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley guard Ryan Crosby (23) Schaumburg's Vaurice Patterson (10) guards Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Huntley guard Ryan Crosby (23) Schaumburg's Vaurice Patterson (10) guards Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley guard Nikolas Mendoza (2) battles Schaumburg guard Jared Schoo (15) for a rebound Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Huntley guard Nikolas Mendoza (2) battles Schaumburg guard Jared Schoo (15) for a rebound Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley forward Uchenna Egekeze (32)  puts up a shot after being fouled by Schaumburg forward Shamaree Brown (33) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Huntley forward Uchenna Egekeze (32) puts up a shot after being fouled by Schaumburg forward Shamaree Brown (33) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley forward Nikolas Mendoza (2) and Huntley's guard Ryan Crosby (23) battle with Schaumburg's A.J. Prowell, (55) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Huntley forward Nikolas Mendoza (2) and Huntley's guard Ryan Crosby (23) battle with Schaumburg's A.J. Prowell, (55) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley guard Uchenna Egekeze (32) drives to the hoop over Schaumburg forward Shamaree Brown (33) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Huntley guard Uchenna Egekeze (32) drives to the hoop over Schaumburg forward Shamaree Brown (33) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg guard Jared Schoo (15) slips past Huntley forward Daniel Cruz (25) guard Ben Ahmer (4) and guard Ryan Vrugt (3) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Schaumburg guard Jared Schoo (15) slips past Huntley forward Daniel Cruz (25) guard Ben Ahmer (4) and guard Ryan Vrugt (3) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's Armen Torsian (11) Dives for a loose ball Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Schaumburg's Armen Torsian (11) Dives for a loose ball Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg forward Shamaree Brown (33) creates some separation from Huntley forward Ryan Sroka (14) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Schaumburg forward Shamaree Brown (33) creates some separation from Huntley forward Ryan Sroka (14) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's Arnav Karnik (12) tries to get the ball from Huntley guard Ben Ahmer (4) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Schaumburg's Arnav Karnik (12) tries to get the ball from Huntley guard Ben Ahmer (4) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's A.J. Prowell, (55) looks for an open teammate Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Schaumburg's A.J. Prowell, (55) looks for an open teammate Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's Cameron Nicks (30) moves the ball up court Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Schaumburg's Cameron Nicks (30) moves the ball up court Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley guard Ryan Vrugt (3) gives Schaumburg guard Jared Schoo (15) a facial Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Huntley guard Ryan Vrugt (3) gives Schaumburg guard Jared Schoo (15) a facial Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley forward Ryan Sroka (14) shoots over Schaumburg forward Shamaree Brown (33) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Huntley forward Ryan Sroka (14) shoots over Schaumburg forward Shamaree Brown (33) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg guard Jared Schoo (15) slips between Huntley forward Luke DiFrancesca (33) and forward Uchenna Egekeze (32) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton.

      Schaumburg guard Jared Schoo (15) slips between Huntley forward Luke DiFrancesca (33) and forward Uchenna Egekeze (32) Saturday during the Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Shootout at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/7/2019 6:12 PM

Missing a top player did not slow Schaumburg's momentum in a 48-40 victory over Huntley in Wheaton Saturday.

The Saxons participated in Wheaton Warrenville South's Chron's and Colitis Awareness Shootout without Wisconsin-committed junior Chris Hodges. The 6-foot-8 forward saw a doctor Saturday due to flu-like symptoms but is expected back at practice Monday, coach Wade Heisler said. Short-handed, the Saxons improved to 6-0 by holding Huntley (4-2) to 13 second-half points. Schaumburg overcame a 3-point halftime deficit, in part, by grabbing 6 offensive rebounds in the second half.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"This is one of the wins I'm most proud of in all my career," said Heisler, Schaumburg's ninth-year coach. "I thought our kids showed so much toughness. I thought we really did it gritty. We talk about having fight and contesting everything. I could not be more proud of my boys right now."

Schaumburg senior Shamaree Brown scored a game-best 21 points, matching his career-high from Friday night's 54-39 win over Conant. The 6-foot-3 senior scored 6 third-quarter points. His spin move for a layup staked Schaumburg to a 36-34 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

"Since our Wisconsin commit is out, I just had to fill a role," said Brown, who pulled down 7 rebounds. "They tried to give me more touches than I usually get."

Huntley led 12-10 after a quarter and 27-24 at halftime, thanks to an aggressive effort on the boards. The Red Raiders grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the first half. Twice they scored on the third shot of a possession.

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Rebounding was a point of emphasis in the Schaumburg locker room at halftime. The Saxons outrebounded Huntley 13-12 in the second half to reverse a 17-8 first-half deficit.

"Coach always emphasizes that rebounding wins championships," Schaumburg senior forward Jared Schoo said. "In the second half we had a way better mentality. You could see it out there. Once we got the rebounds, we started to pull away a little bit."

Huntley kept it close. Ryan Sroka sank a long 3-pointer and Uchenna Egekeze followed with a steal and breakaway dunk that closed the gap to 43-40 with 1:40 left. Egekeze led Huntley with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Sroka finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

However, sophomore Vaurice Patterson got his own rebound after splitting the bonus and junior A.J. Prowell scored in the lane to make it a 6-point game.

The loss was the second in less than 18 hours for Huntley, which shot 5 of 20 from the field in the second half, 2 of 11 from 3-point range. The previously unbeaten Red Raiders lost 63-53 at Cary-Grove Friday.

"They were the more aggressive team in the second half," Huntley coach Will Benson said. "They got a ton of 50/50 balls. That part of it is on me. We're in a little bit of a funk here the last 15-18 hours with how we played. We have to go back to the foundation of what we had been. Boy, it went away in a hurry the last 18 hours."

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