STREATOR — The Henry boys basketball team had some good looks at the basket and played solid defense on initial shots against Streator Woodland, but what the Mallards didn’t have was an answer for the second chance points the Warriors put up.
The result was a 67-45 Tri-County Conference loss that knocked Henry out of first place in the conference.
“That was the topic of discussion in our post-game conversation,” Henry coach Steve Self said about second chance points. “It’s hard to get a win when you give up that many second chance points. (Woodland) was hungry tonight and playing on their home court and just wanted it more than we did.”
Two second chances Woodland received happened in the first quarter and resulted in 3-pointers by Zane Noonan and Jon Hays that helped the Warriors take a 19-10 lead after the first eight minutes.
Alex Erschen picked up two straight layups to start the second to push the lead to 23-10.
Jake Schlosser then drove the lane for the Mallards and made a nice acrobatic play for two points.
On the next Warriors possession though, Hays again followed his own missed jumper and got a layup.
Moments later, Erschen drained a long-range shot behind the arc for a 28-14 lead.
Woodland big man Nate Roemer, who has missed most of the hoops season with a football injury, sat out the majority of the first half with foul trouble but returned late in the second quarter and picked up two points on an up-and-under move that helped Woodland take a 32-18 halftime lead.
“In a way, all the time he missed helped with games like this,” Woodland coach John Roemer said. “We are 13-9, but could easily be 19-3. A play here or a play there in those games is the difference. Tonight, when Nate was in foul trouble, the guys stepped up big and that’s why we got the win. So it was no big shock to the kids to have to play without Nate on the floor.”
To start the second half, Schlosser converted a fast break layup and then Kyle Henderson drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 34-23 after three straight turnovers by the Warriors.
After a Woodland timeout, Alex Miller missed a jump shot but followed the ball and got a layup.
Henderson hit another 3-pointer in the third quarter, but Woodland led 44-33 heading into the fourth period.
To start the fourth, Henderson hit yet another long-range shot to make it a 44-36 game, but it was more of the same the rest of the quarter as second chance after second chance carried Woodland to the Tri-County Conference win.
Nate Roemer, Erschen and Hays all picked up multiple second chance baskets in the fourth to finish off the 67-45 victory.
Henderson led the Mallards (16-6, 5-2 TCC) with 14 points, while Ryan Condit added 10.
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