The Chaparral men’s basketball team followed up their home debut win against Elgin with a victory over Oakton Community College Saturday.
“Overall I’m pleased with the game,” Head Coach Don Klaas said. “Our defense was pretty good, especially in the first half to hold a team that’s pretty athletic like [Oakton] to 16 points.”
The Chaps got out to an early 13-2 lead and never really looked back.
The team continued to build upon the lead, at times extending it to as much as 24 points.
The Chaparral offense was clearly in rhythm, always finding the open man. This was a much different story for Oakton who continuously settled for forced jumpers.
“We just want kids to handle the basketball and make good decisions. That’s playing together, helping each other get good shots and playing everything inside out,” Klaas said.
One can also attribute Oakton’s lack of offense to the Chaps’ stout defensive play, disrupting and contesting the majority of Oakton’s shots.
Although Oakton’s athleticism is undeniable, they could not equal the talent the Chaps brought to the court.
They had an especially difficult time matching up against the Chaps’ big men, particularly 6’7” center Ryan Rader.
“Ryan had a very nice game, he bothered a lot of people and he’s getting an idea of how to play that middle,” Klaas said.
Rader led the Chaps in scoring with 14 points.
After the game, the coach further assessed his team’s defensive performance.
“We still held them to 52 points, but I thought we broke down a little bit mentally in terms of defense [in the second half],” Klaas said.
“Everything we do is based on defense, that’s why we’ve won a lot over the years.”
The Chaps are now 2-1 on the season and will next play Olive-Harvey College at home, Saturday Nov. 17.