FINE WINES

Ju­nior guard scores 20 points as Richards slips past Le­mont

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - SPORTS - By Tony Baranek [email protected] Twit­ter @TBaranek

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.”

GARY MIDDENDORF/DAILY SOUTHTOWN PHO­TOS

Richards’ Ka­juan Wines works the ball up­court against Le­mont dur­ing a game Fri­day.

Richards’ Trevon Jones pulls down a re­bound against Le­mont.

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