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Streator uses late runs to ‘jump’ by Herscher, 42-32

STREATOR — Back in the early/mid-1980s, the rock group Van Halen had a megahit with the song “Jump.”

On Friday night, Streator and Herscher played their version of the hit song, as the two boys basketball teams combined for a whopping 14 jumpballs.

The Bulldogs were able to use a pair of 6-0, fourth-quarter scoring runs to defeat the Tigers 42-32 in Interstate Eight conference matchup at Pops Dale Gymnasium here in Streator.

“It was a grind-it-out, physical game like we expected,” said SHS coach Beau Doty. “Herscher has some bulls inside, and they are a well-coached team by Ron (Oloffson), who is a legend in Herscher. I thought we got the ball against their zone in some positive places, although we struggled with finishing in the first half.”

With the win, Streator runs its record to 5-10 overall and 2-2 in the I-8, while Herscher falls to 6-11 and 2-3.

“We struggled with some possessions and didn’t get some good shots,” said HHS’s Oloffson. “I thought we played well defensively. They (Streator) missed some bunnies. We played hard, but offensively we have to be sharper.”

Tied at 24-all, SHS scored six straight points to begin the final frame. Jimmy Tredway hit one of two free throws with six seconds gone in the quarter to make it 25-24.

After a Chase Ramon trey and a layup by Noah Mascal pushed the Bulldogs’ lead to 30-24, Herscher called a timeout with 5:54 left in the game.Coming out of the timeout, HHS scored five straight points to cut the deficit to 30-29 on a five-footer by Jack Holohan and a 3-pointer by Grant Wenzelman.

Layups by Tredway and Mason Benning (14 points) made the score 34-29.SHS took a nine-point lead as the ‘Dogs took advantage of a technical foul called on Herscher. Benning hit the two technical free throws, and a Grant Mascal layup all but iced it at 38-29.

Earlier in the second half, Streator had an 18-17 lead. Herscher quickly took its first lead of the game on a Max Cinnamon (10 points) layup. Herscher extended the lead to 21-18 on a basket by Blake Ohrt, but Benning answered with a 23 to tie the game at 21-all. A Holoman 3-point bucket put the visitors up 24-21, but it was ‘Dogs sophomore Amarion Ford (10 points) hitting one behind the 3-point arc to tie the game with 52 seconds left in the third quarter.

Herscher trailed 12-7 after the first quarter of play and outscored the home team 10-6 to trail 18-17 as the halftime buzzer sounded.

Holohan (11 points) led the Tigers’ second-quarter charge, as he scored six of Herscher’s 10 points.

Streator held a 32-19 on the glass. Mascal pulled down eight rebounds to lead SHS.

Streator returns to the hardwood tonight when it travels to Spring Valley to face St. Bede in a nonconference game.

At Pops Dale Gymnasium, Streator

Streator 42, Herscher 31

(Key: FG-FGA FT-FTA TP)

HERSCHER (32) — Shomer 0-2 0-0, Lunsford 2-8 0-0 5, Wenzelman 1-7 1-2 4, Ohrt 1-5 0-4 2, Holohan 5-14 0-2 11, Berns 0-0 0-0 0. Shomer 0-2 0-0 0, Cinnamon 4-10 1-2 10, Kersten 0-1 0-0 0, Murray 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-48 2-10 32

STREATOR (42) — Tredway 2-2 1-3 5, M. Benning 5-16 2-2 14,, Mascal 3-6 0-0 6, Ford 3-7 2-3 10, Bedecker 0-5 2-2 2 , Colter 0-2 0-0 0, Spears 1-1 0-0 2, A. Benning 0-0 0-0 0, Houch 0-1 0-0 0, Ramon 1-1 0-0 3.Totals 15-39 7-10 42

Herscher (6-11, 2-3) 7 10 7 8 — 32

Streator (5-10, 2-2) 12 6 6 18 — 42

3-point goals – Herscher 4-13 (Cinnamon 1-5, Wenzelman 1-3 Holohan 1-2. Lunsford 1-2, Shomer 0-1); Streator 5-16 (M. Benning 2-8, Ford 2-4, Ramon 1-1, Bedecker 0-2, Mascal 0-1). Rebounds – Herscher 19 (Ohrt 8); Streator 32 (Mascal 8). Turnovers – Herscher 11; Streator 19.

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