Boys basketball postseason madness is right around the corner, and area teams expect to challenge the competition.
The Woodstock Blue Streaks (9-15 overall; 4-4 Kishwaukee River Conference) improved their record with a 76-41 win over Harvard Feb. 2.
“We went through a rough patch in the middle of the season, but I am pleased at the way we’ve rebounded,” said head coach Alex Baker. “We’ve now won four of our last five games, and even the loss to Johnsburg during that stretch was a well-played game.”
Against Harvard, the Streaks welcomed back senior point guard Matt Shook, who sat out a few weeks due to a broken hand.
“We average 66 points per game when he’s healthy, but only 51 points per game when he’s not, so he makes a big difference,” added Baker.
Leveraging a strengthening defense often using a full-court press, the Streaks have been able to build momentum on offense to complete 38 percent of three-point attempts. Senior Drew Kohley and sophomores Evan Bridges and Carl Anderson have helped that happen with a combined 37 field goals during the last five contests.
“I am glad that we are playing our best basketball at this point in the season,” added Baker. “Our challenge is to keep playing hard and smart for the last month.”
The Streaks hit the road for a 7 p.m. tipoff at Burlington Central Friday, Feb. 10.
Marian Central (9-8) lost two of their last games, including a 61-76 conference match-up with Benet Academy (17-6). The Redwings put pressure on the Marian offense by holding senior Sam Ohlrich to eight points. Senior Jack Moscinski led Marian with 23 points.
The Hurricanes hit the road for their next four games before hosting conference rival Marist at 7 p.m. Feb. 22.
On the other side of town, the Woodstock North Thunder (4-14) lost to Sycamore 47-39 Feb. 2. The Thunder play at 7 p.m. at Marengo Tuesday, Feb. 7, and will host Harvard for a 7 p.m. home game Friday, Feb. 10.