BOYS BASKETBALL: Manteno sink 13 treys in blowout victory over BBCHS
MANTENO — It wasn’t necessarily in its gameplan, but most certainly Manteno will take the victory.
The Panthers got themselves in an early rhythm and never wavered as they connected on 13 shots from distance en route to a 63-47 victory over Bradley-Bourbonnais on Wednesday.
“We focused on our defensive intensity and forced (Bradley-Bourbonnais) into some off-balanced shots,” Manteno coach Zach Myers said. “Coach (Alex) Renchen does a great job with his team. I knew they could shoot the ball well so we felt we had to get them off the line and not give them open looks. It also helped we shot well in the first half.”
Beginning of the end
Bradley-Bourbonnais’ Gabe Renchen and Manteno’s Robbie Wesselhoff scored the first six points for their respective teams.
Anthony Lopez came up with a steal and assist to Trevor Moisant to give Manteno a 10-8, one that was never relinquished.
The Panthers began passing, the shots began falling and five minutes later, Manteno had pieced together a complete 17-4 run that blew the game open at 25-12.
“We get a couple stops on defense and we hit some big shots,” Myers said. “Things were clicking for us and it all goes back to our defense. We were creating stops and not allowing easy buckets. That run was hinged on forcing turnovers, converting buckets and no allowing second chance opportunities.”
That lead stayed at 13 at the half until Manteno started the third quarter on an 8-0 run that pushed the lead to 40-19 and put the game on ice from that point on.
The Boilers had no answer for the hot potato type of passing the Panthers executed for 32 minutes.
Anytime the ball touched A.J. Gilliam’s hands and he passed it to either Moisant or Wesselhoff, they made it as Gilliam finished with six assists on the night.
The duo of Wesselhoff and Moisant were money all night as they connected on eight of the 13 made 3-pointers for the Panthers, five of them from Wesselhoff on his way to a game-high 19 points.
“I had a good rhythm going from the beginning,” Wesselhoff said. “We’re just working hard and playing our game. Overall, it was a good team win.”
At the end of the third quarter with Manteno ahead 43-24, Moisant and Wesselhoff alone combined to outscore the Boilers 27-24.
“Both games worked incredibly hard over the summer on their games,” myers said. “They have a quick of a release as I’ve ever seen and it goes back to the fundamentals they worked on like getting their feet set. They shoot lights out, but can also take the ball to the cup when its needed.”
After Wesselhoff, Moisant finished with 17 points and six rebounds.
Tyler Irvin added 10 points with nine rebounds and in addition to his six assists, Gilliam also added nine points.
For Bradley-Bourbonnais, Renchen finished with a team-high 15 points alongside 13 points from Jakson Elliott.
Linell Jefferson chipped in nine points and eight rebounds while Mikal Clarke brought down a game-high 13 rebounds.
Both teams return to action on Friday. Manteno hits the road and opens up Interstate Eight play at Coal City while Bradley-Bourbonnais travels to Lincoln-Way East for SouthWest Suburban action.