By: Elana Garay
Benedictine’s men’s basketball beats Elmhurst with the score of 94-86 last Wednesday night. This is the third win of the season before the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) start.
“It was a great team effort, it’s tough for anyone to beat a team that has all five starters averaging double figure points. Our trust and ability to share the ball really sets us apart. It’s going to be a fun season,” said senior Luke Johnson.
Benedictine took the lead by 8-0 in beginning minutes of the first half with the help of junior Adam Reynolds. They continued to be in the lead against their opponent in the first half. A three pointer by senior John Dobson were added to complete ten more points in advance against Elmhurst with the score of 16-6.
Elmhurst tried to catch up to Benedictine but Benedictine continued to increase in points. A two pointer made by junior Tahron Harvey completed Benedictine with another 10 points in the lead of Elmhurst. The score at that moment was 35-15. Another three pointer made by Dobson with 11 seconds left in the first half resulted to the score of 47-19.
Elmhurst started off with five points into the second half before Benedictine could score. Both teams went back and forth with points. Benedictine had the lead by 27 points three times which included a dunk made by Johnson.
Even with 67-47 in points of the second half, Elmhurst still lost while Benedictine gained another victory. Benedictine made six points in a row with three fouls made by Elmhurst. The last point made by junior Michael Blaszczyk which sealed the third win for Benedictine.
“We fought hard against Elmhurst and came away with a huge win for the program. We had an excellent opportunity to play some very good teams before we begin conference play, we’re happy to be 3-0 and are looking to carry this momentum into conference play Tuesday at Rochford,” said Reynolds.
NACC starts December 1 against Rockford University at 7 p.m., then the second conference will be on December 5 against Marian University on campus at the Dan and Ada Rice Center at 2 p.m.