The new year has found the UW-Parkside men’s basketball in fine health.
Playing with a full and complete bench for the first time since early in the season, the Rangers led 37-30 at halftime and rolled to 75-65 Great Lakes Valley Conference win over McKendree at the DeSimone Gymnasium on Thursday night.
“We finally had everyone healthy and we were the way we were supposed to look,” said Parkside coach Luke Reigel. “Everyone went out and contributed tonight. We didn’t have that big lull we usually have had in games.”
After leading 37-30 at half, the Rangers (3-10, 1-2 GLVC) started the second half with an 18-9 run to go ahead 59-44 with eight minutes left.
Adam Bonk, who had been one of the injured players, came off the bench and led the Rangers with 17 points. Ramar Evans added 12, with Espen Fjaerestad had 10.
McKendree had a four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 10-3 overall, 1-2 in GLVC games.
PARKSIDE 83, MCKENDREE 77: Ali Bettencourt scored a career-high 26 points as the Rangers won a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at DeSimone Gymnasium in Somers.
Parkside (6-9, 2-1 GLVC) started strong and took a 19-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Rangers led 42-33 at halftime and 57-48 after three quarters.
Parkside made 11 of 20 3-pointers—55 percent—while McKendree (4-6, 0-3 GLVC) made only 2 of 19 3-point attempts.
Bettencourt had two assists along with her 26 points. Lucija Bilic added 15 points and five rebounds, while Carolina Rahkonen scored 11. Georgie Eishold grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
WHEATON 72, CARTHAGE 59: The Lady Reds shot only 34 percent from the field and lost a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game at the Tarble Arena in Kenosha.
Carthage (9-4, 1-3 CCIW) trailed 23-17 at the end of the first quarter and 36-28 at halftime to the Lightning (8-4, 2-2 CCIW). Wheaton took control of the game by outscoring Carthage 18-13 in the third quarter.
“Our awareness of what was going on was awful,” said Carthage coach Tim Bernero. “We took shots with 6-foot-2 people in front of and behind us like they weren’t there and ended up blocking them. We were poor offensively, we couldn’t reverse the ball, we threw the ball right to their (Wheaton’s) hands. The fact we only had 13 turnovers is misleading because we never had any flow offensively.”
Madie Kaelber and Morgan Harris each scored 11 for the Lady Reds, while Prairie School graduate Sammie Woodward added 10. Woodward made 4 of 5 shots, grabbed three rebounds and had two steals.
Thursday’s game was scheduled to be played Wednesday night, but a power outage forced the game to be postponed a day.