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W.R. hoops loses to state power Chaminade

Posted: January 3, 2014 10:41 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2014 10:41 p.m.

West Ranch forward Izayah Doyle leaps past a Chaminade defender during Friday's game at West Ranch High.

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Beating state powerhouse Chaminade proved too tall a task for the West Ranch Wildcats boys basketball team.

Literally.

After allowing 16 second-chance points in the first half, the Wildcats fell far behind and weren’t able to erase the deficit, losing 76-48 on Friday night at West Ranch High School.

“Every day we start practices with rebounding drills to make sure we are crashing the glass,” said Eagles head coach Todd Wolfson. “Our schedule got us ready to play tough teams, and these guys (West Ranch) clearly wanted to get it done in front of their home crowd.”

West Ranch (5-8) knows a thing or two about strength of schedule this season, as the Wildcats have played six teams ranked in MaxPreps’ top 25 in the state so far this year.

Chaminade came in ranked ninth.

“No matter what team I have I want to play the top talent. It’s the best experience for our players to play games at that intensity,” said Wildcats head coach Shant Bicakci. “I just don’t believe in inflated schedules, I don’t see how it’s useful as a method of preparation.”

Chaminade (12-1) was more than willing to give the Wildcats a taste of top-flight basketball on Friday, and it began with balance.

Eleven different players scored for the Eagles on Friday, led by a 16-point performance from senior guard Jack Williams.

In comparison, the Wildcats ran their offense almost exclusively through guards Ryan Beddeo and Christian Ware-Berry, who combined for 19 of West Ranch’s 27 points in the first half. For the game, Ware-Berry led West Ranch with 16 points, Beddeo contributed 15.

The closest the Wildcats got to erasing their 42-27 halftime deficit was when the team went on a 9-3 run to begin the second half and bring the score within single digits.

Unfortunately for West Ranch, whenever the game seemed within reach, Chaminade would pull away.

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