Jacobs' hot shooting too much for Dundee-Crown

Updated 2/15/2020 8:24 PM

The Jacobs boys basketball team demonstrated on Saturday why shooters need short memories.

The Golden Eagles were on fire from beyond the arc in a 61-44 matinee win at Dundee-Crown.


They made 12 of 24 attempts from 3-point range against D-C's 1-3-1 zone defense, a shooting performance coach Jimmy Roberts called the best by Jacobs in his seven seasons at the Algonquin school.

It was a dramatic improvement from their 1-for-20 shooting performance from the same range four days earlier in a 61-44 win at Prairie Ridge. Six players drained a 3-pointer, paced by three apiece from senior Andrew Balkcom and juniors Zach Leahy and Robert Pennel.

"We shot it really bad against Prairie Ridge so it was a lot of fun to come and shoot it well here," Leahy said. "We were just super hot."

Jacobs (16-12, 9-7) went supernova in the third quarter. Leading 27-21 at halftime, they blew open the Fox Valley Conference game by hitting all six 3-pointers they attempted. Leahy sank his three long-range shots in the period as Jacobs outscored the Chargers 24-5 to take a 51-26 lead.

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"They had more threes in the third quarter than we had points," Dundee-Crown coach Lance Huber said. "They made shots and we didn't. They really pulled away. Credit to Jacobs. And they did a good job defensively."

Dundee-Crown (11-14, 6-9) committed 6 of its 14 turnovers in the third quarter and was limited to 4 field-goal attempts as a result.

"It starts on the defensive end and our kids did a great job," Roberts said.

D-C didn't get many looks at the basket, good or otherwise. Jacobs held the Chargers to 30 field-goal attempts in avenging a 44-39 home loss to D-C on Jan. 10.

"We knew we could stop them on defense and they would struggle to score if we just stayed solid and didn't have any breakdowns," Balkcom said.

Pennel led the Golden Eagles with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, Balkcom finished with 13 points and 3 assists and Jaden Henderson scored 9 points, all in the first half.

Senior guard Doug Miller scored 12 points and sophomore forward Kennon Cook added 8 points and 3 rebounds for Dundee-Crown.

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