VILLA PARK – Willowbrook boys basketball coach Chris Perkins is trying to figure out how to get everything working at the same time for his team.
Seemingly every time the Warriors make progress in one area, another issue pops up as if the team is balancing spinning plates.
“It’s getting frustrating as far as it seems we’re getting closer and closer,” Perkins said. “It seems like they’re dangling a carrot right there and we’re not able to grab it.
“It’s like we figure one thing out then we lose something else. We want to get everything clicking on all cylinders. That’s the goal.”
The Warriors may have gotten a glimpse of what it’s like to click on all cylinders in the finale of the Glenbard West Holiday Classic. After losing pool play games to Hoffman Estates, St. Francis and Northridge, the Warriors thumped winless Fenton 73-31 in the seventh place game of the eight-team tournament on Dec. 28.
It was Willowbrook’s second win on the season and improved the team’s record to 2-10.
The win came on the heels of a tough loss to Northridge in the pool play finale on Dec. 27. In that game, Willowbrook jumped out to an early six-point lead and led in the third quarter, but fell apart in the fourth quarter.
In that loss, Chris Poole led the team with 16 points. Ed Mickevicius scored 11 and Chris Villafuerte added 10 points.
“That was actually the best we’ve shot the ball in a while, so that was a positive,” Perkins said. “We were making shots early on and stopped making shots in the fourth quarter. The free throw line really hurt us. We went 6-for-18.”
For all of the Warriors’ previous shooting woes, Perkins wants the team to focus on the defensive end.
“We got to go back to the basics as far as keeping guys in front of us, our rotation when we get beat baseline,” Perkins said.
The Warriors return to action Jan. 7 at Hoffman Estates in a rematch of a tournament game played on Dec. 23. The next conference game is Jan. 10 at Downers Grove South, which is 1-2 in the West Suburban Gold.
• Hoffman Estates 57, Willowbrook 38 • St. Francis 57, Willowbrook 41 • Northridge 65, Willowbrook 54 • Willowbrook 73, Fenton 31