Egekeze scores 1,000th point in Huntley's win at Hampshire

  • Uchenna Egekeze scored his 1,000th point in Huntley's win at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Uchenna Egekeze scored his 1,000th point in Huntley's win at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's Nicholas Erickson shoots against Huntley in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Hampshire's Nicholas Erickson shoots against Huntley in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's Jackson Milison shoots against Huntley.

      Hampshire's Jackson Milison shoots against Huntley. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's Collin Woods slam dunks the ball against Huntley in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Hampshire's Collin Woods slam dunks the ball against Huntley in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley's Ryan Vrugt takes an outside shot in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Huntley's Ryan Vrugt takes an outside shot in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's Keynan Davis grabs a rebound against Huntley in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Hampshire's Keynan Davis grabs a rebound against Huntley in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley's Ryan Sroka, left, shoots as Hampshire's Jackson Milison defends in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Huntley's Ryan Sroka, left, shoots as Hampshire's Jackson Milison defends in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Hampshire's Adam Ugochukwu passes out of Huntley traffic in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Hampshire's Adam Ugochukwu passes out of Huntley traffic in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley's Hunter French gets by Hampshire's Nicholas Erickson in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Huntley's Hunter French gets by Hampshire's Nicholas Erickson in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley's Luke DiFrancesca reaches for a rebound in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Huntley's Luke DiFrancesca reaches for a rebound in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley's Ryan Crosby breaks away with the ball as Hampshire's Zachary Bailey tries to steal in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night.

      Huntley's Ryan Crosby breaks away with the ball as Hampshire's Zachary Bailey tries to steal in varsity boys basketball at Hampshire Wednesday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 1/15/2020 11:01 PM

Physical defense, savvy offense, even a milestone.

Everything went streaking Huntley's way in a 58-42 Fox Valley Conference win at Hampshire Wednesday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Meanwhile, the Whip-Purs were left searching for answers after absorbing a third straight loss on the heels of an 11-game winning streak.

Huntley defenders Ryan Sroka and Uchenna Egekeze matched up against Hampshire leading scorers Nick Erickson and Collin Woods, respectively. Playing aggressive man-to-man defense, the Huntley pair held the Hampshire duo to 6 points apiece.

"That was one of our main goals," Egekeze said. "We know Hampshire is really long. They like to get after it. They like to get transition buckets. We wanted to make sure that we were the aggressors."

Hampshire (11-6, 5-3) was limited to 40 field-goal attempts overall and made 1 of 4 tries from 3-point range. Huntley led 33-16 at halftime and maintained at least a 9-point cushion thereafter.

"We reverted back to me ball, the iso and trying to take guys one on one," Hampshire coach Mike Featherly said. "It's the complete opposite of what we did well over our stretch of playing good basketball. We have to share the basketball."

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The FVC victory kept Huntley (14-3, 7-1) in sole possession of second place. The Red Raiders remain a game behind Cary-Grove (16-2, 8-0), which won 68-44 at Jacobs Wednesday. The Trojans defeated Huntley 63-53 in Cary on Dec. 6. The teams meet again in Huntley on Jan. 28.

"We needed this bad because one of our goals is to win conference," Sroka said after scoring 17 points. "We want another shot at Cary. It's going to come down to that."

Egekeze fueled the Huntley offense with 24 points, highlighted by his 1,000th career point on a third-quarter leaner from the paint.

The game was halted to announce the milestone, and Hampshire athletic director Mike Sitter presented the ball to Egekeze, who received a standing ovation. The 6-foot-3 senior finished the game with 1,009 career points.

"It was a great feeling," said Egekeze, a three-year varsity player who maintains a 3.4 grade-point average. "I didn't think they were going to stop and do all that stuff since it was an away game but it was still a great moment."

Sophomore Keynan Davis led Hampshire with 14 points.

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