Hampshire handles Jacobs, now 3-0 in FVC
Mike Featherly's girls teams at Hampshire were known for hard-nosed defense and teamwork.
Featherly has certainly brought that philosophy to the Whip-Purs boys program.
The Whips moved to 3-0 in the Fox Valley Conference with a 57-42 win over District 300 foe Jacobs Wednesday night.
Hampshire's teamwork was evident with 18 assists out of 26 baskets.
"We are really working hard to adopt a we over me attitude with this team," said Featherly. "We really work on sharing the ball and finding the open man. I thought the kids did a great job of that tonight. We want to play nine to 10 kids and rotate kids in an out and keep everybody fresh. It is nice to be 3-0 in the conference."
Jeremy Rosa paced the winners with 10 points, 5 assists and 7 rebounds.
"We just want to win," said Rosa. "We played in a very tough tournament at St. Charles (East) and lost some games and we are able to learn from that. We don't care who scores on this team. We find the open man and we play solid defense. That was key tonight. It is a good start to be 3-0 in the conference. Our goal is to win the conference and we are on our way."
Collin Woods added 10 points with 2 dunks and a 3-pointer. He also collected 4 assists with 7 rebounds.
Keynan Davis scored 9 points, Zach Bailey 8 and Jackson Millison 6 with 5 assists for the Whips who connected on 26-of-45 shots for 57 percent. Hampshire committed only 9 turnovers and forced 17 Golden Eagle miscues.
Holding a slim 25-20 lead at halftime, the Whip-Purs scored the first 8 points of the second half to take a double-digit lead at 33-20. Millison and Davis each scored 4 points. Woods and Rosa dished out 2 assists apiece.
Hampshire's biggest lead came at 44-27 after a layup by Davis off an assist by Millison with 7:03 left in the game.
Jaden Henderson led Jacobs with 14 points while Jimmy Hayes scored 10.