William Chrisman was dominated by Park Hill South 67-45 in a Suburban Big Six game Friday night to remain winless in 18 games, including six in the conference.
These are tough times for John Vickers and his William Chrisman boys basketball team.
And Vickers’ somber mood after the game summed up the latest performance by the Bears.
Chrisman was dominated by Park Hill South 67-45 in a Suburban Big Six game Friday night to remain winless in 18 games, including six in the conference.
“Not counting the Rockhurst game (99-42 loss Tuesday night), we had played well the previous three games against Staley, Raymore-Peculiar and Park Hill),” Vickers said. “I thought we had turned the corner.
“But tonight we were up to our old tricks. We didn’t play with passion and energy. Park Hill South dictated the tempo of the game. We didn’t compete. We had a big crowd. I am at a loss.”
Poor 14-of-52 shooting led to the Chrisman loss. Fifteen turnovers and being outrebounded 39-30 didn’t help matters, either.
Juan Vidal pumped in a 3-pointer with the game only two seconds old to give the Bears a quick start.
Then the Panthers (11-7, 3-3 Big Six) outscored Chrisman 16-2 over the next five minutes and never looked back. They led 18-12 after the first quarter and extended it to 34-17 by halftime.
“We played hard,” Chrisman senior Antwann Jones said. “But we didn’t shoot as well as we can. We need to play better as a team.”
Chrisman was a cold 5 of 25 from the field in the first half while falling out of contention.
“We played better in the third and fourth quarter,” Chrisman junior Carter Martin said. “We need to step up with the intensity. It’s still fun (playing basketball), but it would be nice to get a win.”
Oddly, Chrisman did not have a player score in double figures. Jordan Warner led the way with eight points followed by Martin’s seven.
Devin Spencer was the Bears’ top rebounder with 10.
Christian Hildebrandt powered the Panthers with 17 points. Adam Schemenauer and Rocky Benson added 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Hildebrandt and Schemenauer each scored 12 points in the first half, accounting for 24 of the 34 points and assuring South the victory in a fast-paced and rugged game. The Panthers shot 20 free throws in the second half.
South held on for a 50-44 junior varsity victory as Dominique O’Connor scored 14 points. Tops for Chrisman’s junior varsity was DeMarco Hill with 11 points.