BARTLETT – With his 42-point performance Saturday against Bartlett, John Konchar broke the West Chicago single-game scoring record of his coach Bill Recchia.
But there is one area where Recchia still holds bragging rights.
“He hasn’t gotten my all-time scoring record [at West Chicago],” said Recchia, who previously held the single-game mark with 39 points against Marmion. “But I’m sure he will if he keeps this up. And I absolutely love the fact he broke that record; I’m tickled to death for him.”
Konchar’s performance, which also included 24 rebounds, helped the Wildcats to a 68-58 win over the previously undefeated Hawks. That victory gave West Chicago a 2-0 start in the Upstate Eight Conference, and 5-2 mark overall, after the Wildcats did not post a league win (in the DVC) the last two seasons.
“He’s taken it to a level that I believed he could take it to,” the coach said. “I’m not surprised by that at all and I’m not surprised by our team effort.
“I’m not surprised by what we are doing on the court so far. I saw them compete and win games in the summer and I saw them mature as basketball players.”
The Wildcats were coming off a 96-68 decision over East Aurora two days earlier behind 37 points and 17 rebounds from Konchar. While Konchar’s scoring lines have been impressive, Recchia said the wins have piled up because of the team-wide effort.
“Everyone has been playing well,” Recchia said. “Everyone is stepping up and accepting their roles. We keep playing hard and we are doing the little things right. We talk about that all the time at practice, if you do the little things right, good things will happen.”
The squad has been an offensive juggernaut thus far, averaging 71.3 points per game. Against East Aurora, West Chicago shot 64 percent from the field.
“John opens up a lot of opportunities for other people,” Recchia said, “and they are getting the ball and finishing. Everyone is knocking down shots.
West Chicago will face another challenge this weekend as it has back-to-back conference games against Metea Valley and Neuqua Valley.
“It doesn’t get much bigger than that,” Recchia said. “We are looking forward to the next challenge and taking each game one at a time. But both are extremely athletic and well-coached.”
Who: Metea Valley at West Chicago
What: Upstate Eight Valley conference game
When: 7:15 p.m. Friday
Where: 326 Joliet Street, West Chicago