WAUWATOSA, WI (January 7, 2019) - Coming off of a 13 point victory at Lake County on Thursday, the Bryant & Statton College men's basketball team traveled to Waubonsee Community College on Saturday where they earned another 13 point win (83-70) against the Chiefs.
The win improved the Bobcats to 13-5 overall and 12-1 in region play.
Throughout the first 12 minutes of the first half, the Bobcats broke out to a 25-13 lead after freshman guard, Mikell Cooper, knocked down a corner three with eight minutes remaining.
"This was our best effort of the year on both ends of the ball," Bobcats head coach, Matt Majkrzak, said. "We defended with passion and paid attention to the little details."
With just under a minute to go before the break, the Bobcats remained ahead 39-26 after forward, Chris Thompson, snatched a defensive rebound and took the ball coast-to-coast for a breakaway layup.
At the break, Bryant & Stratton held the lead at 39-26 with momentum all on their side.
To start the second half, the Chiefs came out hot as they cut the deficit down to 10 points (59-49) with eight minutes left to play.
After making adjustments, the Bobcats regained their momentum as they broke out to a 12-4 run extending their lead 18 (71-53).
"We kept improving as the game went on," Majkrzak said. "If we continue to grow and improve we have potential to do some special things down the stretch."
With 20 seconds remaining, the Bobcats held a 81-70 lead before floor general, Justin Brookens, closed the game out knocking down two of two from line giving the Bobcats the 83-70 win.
Leading the way for the Bobcats was Brookens dropping a team-high 22 points on 6-13 shooting followed by sophomore guard, Joe Duty, with 14 points and five rebounds.
Cooper added 13 points off of the bench and freshman guard, Manny Jingco, contributed 10 points and six rebounds.
The Bobcats shot 44.4% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc.
Bryant & Stratton will travel to South Holland, IL on Tuesday to take on the number one ranked team in the country in South Suburban College. The Bulldogs stand at 18-0 overall and 15-0 in region competition.
"South Suburban is the measuring stick for our division II region," Majkrzak said. "The region title runs through them and we couldn't have more respect for coach Pigatti and the South Suburban pogram."
Tip-off will take place at 7:00pm.
Spectators can view the game live on the OFFICIAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL.