When asked if a big win was important for a skidding Cyclones team, head coach Anthony Amarino said “without a doubt… we need to play the way we did when we had that nine game winning streak.” Indeed, facing a McHenry County team that is winless in conference certainly served as tonic for whatever ailed the Cyclones.The Cyclones jumped out to a 25-point halftime lead, which allowed the Cyclones to relax and play their attacking style.
For McHenry County, tonight’s game was a much different story. Head coach, David Pettit fought with referees and his own team at varying points of tonight’s game. Pettit even kicked out of his own players following a verbal altercation during a timeout in the first half.
After the game, assistant coach Tanner Mitchell said the big win was huge for the Cyclones after a pair of last minute losses to Oakton Community College and Morton College last week. Mitchell added that the team needed a game where the Cyclones “played well, played together, shared the ball. A win like this could change the streak.”
Sophomores Jordan Radcliff and Luke Hook shared similar sentiments about the game. “We’ve lost several games we should have won. It’s nice to get back on track,” Hook said. Radcliff agreed, saying the Cyclones have a big week ahead of them, including a “huge game” against South Suburban College on Saturday. “We’re off to a good start,” Radcliff said.
The game did see Jason Roland suffer a knee injury down the stretch. Mitchell said Roland will sit out practice on Wednesday, and will be a game-time decision on Thursday against College of Lake County. Hook said Roland is “definitely a guy that’s been there for us all year so that means others will have to step up.” Radcliff called Roland “a big part of the team,” saying “everybody is going to have to step up and play their roles extremely well.”