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John Konchar steps up in second half

12/27/2013, 9:20pm CST
By Dan Ruane

John Konchar scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half as West Chicago cruised past Marmion 92-73 to take third place at the Chuck Dayton Holiday tournament hosted by DeKalb.

John Konchar has taken on the leadership role for West Chicago. He has become such a confident scorer that he is comfortable getting his team involved offensively while he defers the bulk of his scoring to the second half.

Konchar ended up being the leading scorer anyhow and led the Wildcats to the third place finish at the 86th annual Chuck Dayton holiday tournament at DeKalb with a 92-73 victory over Marmion.

Konchar averages 30 points and 17 rebounds per game and finished this game with 30 points and 13 rebounds.

“We run our whole offense through John,’’ Wildcats coach Bill Recchia said. “He has stepped up to take on the leadership role this season.’’

West Chicago (9-6) took over the game in the second quarter when they outscored the Cadets (4-8) 20-4 to open a 42-23 halftime lead. Sophomore Michael Bibbs scored nine of his 29 points in that quarter and Mitchell Henke scored all 14 of his points in the first half.

“That was our best quarter of basketball this season,’’ Recchia said. “We stepped up defensively and got most of the loose balls. We couldn’t have run our offense much better.’’

Konchar was acting as the facilitator for much of the first half while scoring seven points and grabbing seven rebounds. Along with Bibbs, he took control of the offense in the second half to keep Marmion at bay. Konchar and Bibbs combined to shoot 13-for-15 in the second half.

“I was looking for my teammates early on,’’ Konchar said. “I was looking to pass and get everyone involved. We are pretty much unstoppable when that happens.’’

Marmion made runs in the second half but could never get the lead into single digits. Jordan Glasgow scored 20 of his 23 points in the half and Michael Murphy netted 11 of his 14 in that half.

“They started getting some runs on us and I had to stop that,’’ Konchar said. “I don’t always defer my scoring. I just go by feel.’’

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