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Ending doesn't tarnish solid season for South boys

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11:32 a.m. CDT
(Sandy Bressner - sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Glenbard South's Chaun Rickette looks to pass the ball during a Class 3A regional game against host Kaneland on March 4. Rickette and the Raiders fell 81-70 to end their season.

GLEN ELLYN – Alex Jeske and Chaun Rickette first became teammates on the hardcourt back in seventh grade at Glen Crest Middle School and have been linked every since.

This winter, the duo closed out their high school careers at Glenbard South by leading the Raiders to a final record of 16-12.

“I thought we had a pretty good season,” Jeske said. “The way our coaches talked about it, we had a few close games here and there that could have changed our season either way. The guys came together and I thought that at the end, we were playing good basketball.”

Glenbard South, which ended the 2013-14 season with an 81-70 loss to Kaneland in a regional semifinal, did in fact lose seven games by 10 or fewer points, including four by four points or fewer.

The Raiders went 9-3 in the Metro Suburban Conference, finishing in second place behind champion Riverside Brookfield.

Rickette averaged 22 points per game and added 2.2 steals per contest. Jeske was next at 15 points per outing while shooting 82.3 percent from the free throw line.

“Chaun is a dynamic scorer,” Jeske said. “He is a really quick guy and he can get into the lane. The two of us tried to do our best to lead the team.”

Along with Jeske and Rickette, John Marks, Mark Murbach, Connor Willis, Gabe Williams and Jake Haras have also played their final basketball game in a Raiders’ uniform.

“The seniors are a great group of guys,” Jeske said. “We played all four years together and we bonded and became great friends. We made a lot of good memories on the court.”

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