Schaumburg gets back on winning track

By Dick Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 2/8/2020 10:14 PM

This is was just what Schaumburg's boys basketball team needed.

The Saxons had a bumpy ride this past week. They were named the top-ranked team in the Daily Herald Top 20 earlier in the week. They then proceeded to lose games on both Tuesday and Friday.


Schaumburg recovered on Saturday when the host Saxons pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 68-43 victory over Von Steuben of the Chicago Public League. "Every team has their own story," Schaumburg coach Wade Heisler said. "And every story has its ups and downs. This week was kind of a down, so it was nice to pick it back up. We had a fun vibe in the team room after the game."

Jared Schoo was a key to the win for Schaumburg.

"We are not really used to losing," said Schoo, who finished with a game-high 18 points. "Dropping two in a row, we were in uncharted territory. We knew we had to come into this game and be focused and do what we are good at. It was an important night. "

Chris Hodges drew his usual crowd of defenders. The Saxons were able to get the ball to the 6-foot-8 Hodges and he finished with 9 points, 8 rebounds and a blocked shot.

"This was a great way to bounce back," Hodges said. "We are coming together again as a team. It is a great feeling to have everyone involved."

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Vaurice Patterson, who had 8 points and 4 assists, said that he was looking for Hodges.

"It has been a rough week," Patterson said. "But we came back today ready to go. Chris (Hodges) was getting the ball today. They were pressing me and I was looking to get the ball to him."

Schaumburg (21-5) was able to spread the ball around with 10 different players scoring for the Saxons. Carsten Cannella had 8 points while Armen Torosian and AJ Prowell each had 7 points as Schaumburg was able to spread the wealth.

"It was a fun night and a team night," Heisler said. "Guys were wanting to make each other better. It was fun to see the ball being shared. Sometime we are too unselfish."

Schaumburg, which has Von Steuben as one of the teams in its sectional, raced to a 27-14 lead at the half. Von Steuben (9-13) tried to stay close and trailed 36-25 with 2:49 left in the third quarter.

Schaumburg led 47-32 with 4:36 left when the Saxons exploded. They scored the next 7 points on their way to a 14-2 run to put the game away.

"We had some team things to deal with this week and hopefully we dealt with them," Heisler said. "We need that energy coming into our game next week with a talented Hoffman team. "

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