Burlington Central snaps Hampshire's 11-game win streak

  • Burlington Central's Jake Lenschow, right, shoots in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Burlington Central's Jake Lenschow, right, shoots in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's Keynan Davis, right, gets past Burlington Central's Jake Lenschow in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Hampshire's Keynan Davis, right, gets past Burlington Central's Jake Lenschow in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's Jackson Milison, left, shoots on Burlington Central's Gavin Sarvis in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Hampshire's Jackson Milison, left, shoots on Burlington Central's Gavin Sarvis in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's Collin Woods, right, moves past Burlington Central's Zac Schmidt in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Hampshire's Collin Woods, right, moves past Burlington Central's Zac Schmidt in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's Nick Erickson shoots out of a blue sea of Burlington Central defenders in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Hampshire's Nick Erickson shoots out of a blue sea of Burlington Central defenders in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central's Gavin Sarvis, right, swerves to avoid a reaching Collin Woods of Hampshire in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Burlington Central's Gavin Sarvis, right, swerves to avoid a reaching Collin Woods of Hampshire in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central's Zac Schmidt moves the ball in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Burlington Central's Zac Schmidt moves the ball in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central's Edward Wells, left, scoots under  Hampshire's Collin Woods in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Burlington Central's Edward Wells, left, scoots under Hampshire's Collin Woods in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central's Jake Lenschow moves the ball in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Burlington Central's Jake Lenschow moves the ball in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central's Carson Seyller, left, shoots under pressure from Hampshire's Collin Woods in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Burlington Central's Carson Seyller, left, shoots under pressure from Hampshire's Collin Woods in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central's Jake Lenschow, right, battles Hampshire's Adam Ugochukwu for the ball in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Burlington Central's Jake Lenschow, right, battles Hampshire's Adam Ugochukwu for the ball in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central's Zac Schmidt, left, keeps close tabs on Hampshire's Jackson Milison in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Burlington Central's Zac Schmidt, left, keeps close tabs on Hampshire's Jackson Milison in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central faced Hampshire in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Many Hampshire fans dressed in hippie gear.

      Burlington Central faced Hampshire in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Many Hampshire fans dressed in hippie gear. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 1/8/2020 11:00 PM

Burlington Central used stifling defense to snap host Hampshire's winning streak Wednesday.

Hampshire had averaged 59 points per game throughout an 11-game streak that began on Nov. 30, but the rival Rockets held the Whip-Purs 19 points below that average in 54-40 Fox Valley Conference road win.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Whips enjoyed a height advantage, but the Rockets used intense ball pressure to thwart Hampshire's passing. Central coach Brett Porto credited sophomore Zac Schmidt for keeping Hampshire 6-5 senior Collin Woods in front of him most of the night, thereby keeping the veteran from facilitating the Hampshire offense.

"We focused on ball pressure and not letting them view the court," Central senior Jake Lenschow said. "We knew if we were all up in 'em, they couldn't do what they normally do. We were just trying to fluster them any way we could."

Burlington Central (10-5, 3-4) held first-place Hampshire (11-4, 5-1) to 40% shooting (15 of 37). Meanwhile, the Rockets won the rebounding battle 30-20 and forced 14 turnovers while committing only 8.

"I just thought we were out of sync," Hampshire coach Mike Featherly said. "I thought we were just trying to press. Our shot selection was not very good. We were kind of rushing shots. I don't know if we were just in a hurry to be successful and abandoned our process a little bit, but we just couldn't get anything going. Our bread and butter is getting he ball inside and we didn't do a very good job of that."

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Hampshire senior Nick Erickson scored 7 of his team-high 12 points in the second half, but it was not enough to offset a balanced Central offense led by Schmidt (17 points), Lenschow (12), senior Josh Hudgens (10) and sophomore Carson Seyller (9).

Central led 26-23 at halftime but Schmidt sank a pair of third-quarter 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer that staked the Rockets to a 35-28 lead.

Hudgens and Schmidt each scored from the paint early in the fourth quarter to extend the advantage to 13 points.

Central jumped to a 6-0 lead at the outset and never trailed.

"We felt like we'd played 16 good minutes against Peoria Notre Dame and Huntley recently and we were really trying to put a complete game together," Central coach Brett Porto said. "I felt we were really able to do that from tip to the end."

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