Boys hoops continues win streak vs. Prairie Ridge

Varsity basketball stay undefeated

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Senior Adam Guazzo paces the court pregame.

Owen Zimmerman

The Raiders kept their perfect season alive last night with a 43-36 win over Prairie Ridge High School. Huntley is now 5-0 on the young season and is comfortably ranked as the 7th best team in the state according to MaxPreps.

The matchup was undoubtedly highlighted by impeccable defensive performances from both teams, a refreshing thing to see in an age where offenses have been so prolific. Head coach Will Benson’s squad has run an efficient defense this entire season and he alluded to its importance in the win.

“Our defense was very good, we gave up 36 which is good. We were very fortunate for our defense, it kind of kept us in it tonight,” Benson said.

Huntley’s defensive showing truly was crucial in last night’s outcome, as the Raiders struggled offensively in the first half. For the most part the paint was locked down well by Prairie Ridge and perimeter shooting was not at all efficient.

Although the Raiders struggled to make shots fall early, other aspects of the offense were operating incredibly well. The team has consistent and effective ball movement that turned into great shot opportunities and absolutely dominated the offensive side of the glass, courtesy of senior forward Adam Guazzo.

Guazzo’s dominance in the paint was nearly indescribable, as he racked up countless rebounds and at some points fought through as many as three people for a board. The senior’s fundamental prowess cannot be understated as it provided his teammates with countless offensive opportunities.

“Guazzo’s got outstanding hands, he reads the ball off the rim really well. The dude just tries to get every rebound. He’s only 6’1”- 6’2” but he’s out there playing like he’s 6’5”,” Benson said.

The 4th year forward has always had an instinct for the game that he attributes to his rare playmaking abilities, at times they resemble basketball great Dennis Rodman.

“Its fun out there, and it just comes naturally to me. I don’t really focus too much on how the ball comes off the rim, I’m just running to get the board and trying to make plays,” Guazzo said.

Guazzo’s excellent night wasn’t restricted to dirty work in the trenches, the forward sank two 3-pointers that helped kickstart a third quarter run that resulted in 19 points.

Senior Nathan Ary led the way for the Raiders offense with 12 points, most of which were scored in the second half run. The guard’s shot opportunities would not have been possible if it were not for the efficient ball movement of his teammates.

“Those points aren’t because of me. Guys are making good passes, setting good screens, and its great to have them and the fans just getting our offense running and energy going,” Ary said.

Huntley played like a complete team last night, and their efficiency was a microcosm of what all teams should strive to achieve. A high effort defense and well run offense provides a bright future for boys basketball, and Ary knows success is on the way.

“We just got to keep it going the rest of the season and quite honestly I don’t see any losses coming any time soon,” Ary said.

The team’s next matchup will be on Dec. 3 when Huntley hosts Jacobs for a classic rivalry battle.