'Canes send players to 3-point sectional
The season ended for the Marian Central Catholic High School boys basketball team Feb. 27 with a 51-36 loss to Woodstock High School but three of the players will still play on. Senior Matt Yuk, junior Derreck Caldez and sophomore Wyatt Lindell each made more than 10 three-point baskets in the IHSA Class 3A regional 3-point contest March 1 and have qualified for the IHSA Class 3A sectional 3-point shooting contest Friday, March 8, at Freeport High School.
The other qualifier from the regional, out of 14 contestants, was Justin Nolen from Harvard High School.
“It’s good to see the kids advance as it was a personal goal of theirs,” said Marian Central head coach Curtis Price. “I’m definitely happy for them.”
With the team’s season over, the players approached the contest with a sense of ease.
“Since our season was over, we were just trying to enjoy ourselves,” said Yuk who completed in the contest last year.
“We were just trying to have fun,” Caldez said. “We were not worried about it.”
The Hurricanes finished 4-27 and Caldez, who started the entire season at point guard, said it was definitely a learning experience.
“We had a pretty young team with only three seniors,” Caldez said. “It was a learning experience for the whole team.”
Price said he hopes his younger players – 12 juniors and one sophomore – learned they must put in the effort in the offseason.
“I think the kids learned a lot this year,” Price said. “They learned you have to work in the offseason. You just can’t come out and play basketball. Basketball is a very tough sport, and you have to work harder in the offseason than you do in the season.”