Minooka beats JCA with defense

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Minooka beats JCA with defense

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Defense and a fast-break offense led the Indians to their first non-conference win of the year.

Minooka beat Joliet Catholic 55-42 on Dec. 8.

“Our game plan tonight was to push the basketball in transition to get easy looks when possible,” Minooka head coach Kevin Cain said. “We wanted to use our size to create mismatches versus their size, and we wanted to force them to earn everything on their offensive end of the floor. We weathered a storm of 3’s early in the first quarter. We made some adjustments and were able to slow them down the rest of the way.”

On the offensive side of the ball, junior Trent Hudak and senior Adrian Gutierrez both collected 12 points.

Fans from both schools made the environment intense in JCA’s gymnasium. 

“It’s always going to be a tough game, especially if it’s a road game because it’s going to be loud and the fans are going to be saying things trying to get into your head,” senior guard Jaedon Johnson said.

A deep roster has allowed many Indians to get valuable minutes each game.

“Our mix of guards and bigs allows us to be flexible at both ends,” Cain said.

The victory moved the Indians to a 2-0 regular season record, after going 0-4 earlier in a tournament.

“To stay on the right path, we need to get back to work come Monday. We have many improvements that need to be made, minor tweaks to become better, and more preparation for a tough and hot Oswego team. Our hands will be full next Friday, but I know the kids will be ready to go earn another win,” Cain, said.

The Indians look to rally against Oswego this Friday, Dec 14 at MCHS South Campus. 

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