On Wednesday night, the Jacob’s Golden Eagles boys basketball team hosted the Huntley Red Raiders for a big rivalry matchup. It was obvious that this game was going to be a long one for the Raiders from the start. The Raiders had a lot of early turnovers that the Golden Eagles were able to take advantage of. Huntley shot just four for 15 in the first half, and Nikolas Balkcom of the Golden Eagles was able to make a buzzer-beater three-pointer to close out the first half giving Jacobs a 28 to 12 lead over Huntley at Halftime.
“We need to come out to a better start. The energy needs to be higher,” said senior Brett Bigden.
Bigden was able to score eight points for the Red Raiders.
The second half of the ballgame would be the same story for the Red Raiders, as they eventually ended up losing to the Golden Eagles by a score of 58-37. There were a few bright spots for the Raiders in the second half, however. Sophomore Ryan Sroka seems to have a bright future with the Red Raiders, as he finished the game with ten points. Senior Cory Knipp was able to drill a few shots for the Raiders, and finished the game with nine points. Knipp seems to have taken on a leadership role for the Red Raiders.
“To be a leader, you’ve gotta stay positive. You have to keep everyone focused and stay focused yourself,” said Knipp.
Following Wednesday’s matchup, the Red Raiders record drops to one win and six losses. The Golden Eagles were able to improve to a record of 6-2 . Huntley’s next game will take place this Saturday against another Fox Valley Conference opponent, the Mchenry Warriors. Hopefully there is better luck around the corner for Huntley.