Junior guard scores 20 points as Richards slips past Lemont
Richards junior Kajuan Wines has a gear he shifts into that brings some pretty incredible results.
Twice in Friday night’s South Suburban game against Lemont, he went on scoring tears that took about a combined three minutes.
“Sometimes I can’t believe it,” Wines said. “I practice hard. We all practice hard. We move at a fast pace. Coach always tells us to run.”
Wines’ second tear was ultimately difference as the host Bulldogs prevailed 58-55.
Wines finished with 20 points for Richards (5-0, 1-0 Red). Trevon Jones added 21 points and 17 rebounds.
Billy Bozue scored 24 points for Lemont (3-3, 0-1 Blue). Nate Ferguson added 15 points, while Kyle Lillwitz had 11 rebounds.
Wines, a 6- foot guard, brought Lemont’s rally in the fourth quarter to a screeching halt.
Richards was back on its heels, up 46-42 with 3:52 remaining, when Wines drove straight into a crowded lane and hit a running bank-in.
On the Bulldogs’ next trip down the floor he nailed a 3-pointer. Seconds later he made a steal and went in for a slam dunk.
It took all of 1:32 to complete the trifecta, which left Richards on top 53-42.
Coach said run, and Wines ran wild.
“Kajuan plays well against Lemont,” Richards coach Chris Passafiume said. “He had a big game there last season, and he just attacked the rim with a vengeance.
“When he starts knocking down shots, he’s a tough guy to handle. He’s tough to keep in front. He can get it going to the track. He carried us for a stretch there, no doubt.”
Jones, meanwhile, was dominant for the Bulldogs, crashing the boards relentlessly.
On one scoring bid underneath, he had back-to-back shots blocked, but each time found the rebound before putting the ball in.
“Rebounding is very critical,” Jones said. “A lot of teams lose second-chance points. I don’t like to give those up.
“It was tough in there. Every time I had the ball, there were three or four people down there guarding me. But I had teammates to help with that.”
Jones came up big with 30.2 seconds remaining, converting a 3-point play to put the Bulldogs ahead 58-50.
Lemont, meanwhile, spent virtually the whole game chas- ing. The Indians almost ran down Richards with 3-pointers.
Bozue hit eight threes, while Jaxson Dian and Ferguson had two each.
“Billy Bozue is shooting the ball well,” Lemont coach Rick Runaas said. “If we can get him open shots, we’re pretty happy about it. Butwe need a fewmore guys to step up and make shots.
“I thought we did a good job overall defensively, but we gave up a couple of runs that were the difference.”
Richards’ Kajuan Wines works the ball upcourt against Lemont during a game Friday.
Richards’ Trevon Jones pulls down a rebound against Lemont.