WEST CHICAGO – Over the final three quarters of Tuesday’s nonconference game, the West Chicago boys basketball team outscored Willowbrook by six points.
Problem was, the Wildcats had dug themselves too big of a hole early.
Outscored 20-4 over the opening eight minutes, West Chicago fell to 5-8 on the season with a 63-53 loss to Willowbrook.
“You spot a team 16 points in the first quarter, it’s hard to come back,” West Chicago coach Bill Recchia said. “But I knew we would give them a run. We just didn’t have enough in the tank. They [Willowbrook] are a good team and you can’t expect them to just roll over. That is not going to happen.
“We had the looks we needed and took the shots we wanted. Some fell and some didn’t.”
The home team sliced the deficit to 12 by halftime and whittled the margin to as little as six in the fourth quarter, thanks in large part to the long-range shooting of Quinn Ricci. The junior made five three-pointers on his way to a team-high 19 points. He also added eight rebounds.
“He is capable of having that kind of game every single night,” Recchia said.
Mikey Bibbs contributed 17 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals while Tai Bibbs scored six points. Devonte Pascal had five points and five rebounds.
On Jan. 10, West Chicago had returned from a 13-day layoff with a 65-50 victory over Streamwood. Mike Bibbs led all scorers with 16 points and Tai Bibbs chipped in with 12.
“We played a pretty nice basketball game [against Streamwood],” the coach said. “We did the things we needed to do. It was a nice conference win for us and got us to .500 in the conference. Now we get the second round going.”
The Wildcats play host on Friday to Batavia, whom they defeated 58-56 back on Dec. 5.
“They are a strong team,” Recchia said. “We beat them the first time around and they will want revenge. We need to do the little things, things that I preach over and over. The games we’ve lost, they have either been against some high quality teams or they’ve been tight where we could have won.”