February 29, 2024

Fast arms. Fast ft. Disrupt on the defensive finish.

That, or phrases to that impact, in keeping with West Aurora’s Jordan Brooks, is a part of the message from first-year coach Michael Fowler that appears to be sinking in.

“It’s sort of loopy, however that’s our job, to go on the market on the defensive finish and get it finished,” Brooks mentioned. “Do this and we will go from there for the remainder of it. Our essential focus is protection.

“Guys are going out each night time and that’s what we would like, inflicting all these turnovers. Inflicting a ruckus on the defensive finish.”

Brooks had his arms concerned in a bit of little bit of all the things Tuesday night time.

The 6-foot-2 senior guard scored eight factors with 5 rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Blackhawks in a 50-29 Southwest Prairie West victory over Minooka.

Junior guard/ahead Terrence Smith led West Aurora (8-2, 5-0) with a game-high 16 factors and CJ Savage added 11. Micah Hamilton had 13 factors for Minooka (3-7, 2-3).

Protection was the title of this recreation, nonetheless. The Blackhawks turned 15 of Minooka’s 18 turnovers into steals.

And it was the second night time in a row West Aurora held an opponent to 29 factors following Monday’s 44-29 nonconference win over Naperville Central.

“I feel quite a lot of our first half power, defensive-wise, was good,” Fowler mentioned. “We had been getting out and operating to a 20-6 lead after one quarter. I couldn’t ask for extra as a coach defensively.”

Not with seven steals within the quarter fueling the run.

“Offensively, we nonetheless have to wash some stuff up,” Fowler mentioned. “We had been taking some first rate pictures — we simply didn’t make ‘em.”

The Blackhawks made sufficient, although, particularly with the Indians restricted to single-digit scoring in every quarter.

What was so particular concerning the Blackhawks’ man-to-man that featured loads of assist from teammates?

“We attempt to maintain the ball on one facet of the ground so we attempt to assault,” mentioned Smith, who had a game-high 4 steals. “We don’t need to let the ball return to the center. Maintain extra folks within the field.”

Minooka coach Brett Hespell mentioned inexperience harm his staff.

“(West Aurora) appears to be forcing folks to the left, they usually do a great job of it and don’t allow you to come again,” Hespell mentioned. “Then it’s robust, particularly should you don’t have quite a lot of ability with the ball to make a play.

“It takes quite a lot of persistence and steady motion.”

Let Fowler inform it.

“It’s only a no center third sort of protection,” Fowler mentioned. “We attempt to not enable ball reversals, so take the offense out and we drive sideline. We need to push right down to the baseline, then we assistance on the baseline, attempting to take them out of their offense.

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“They’ve taken word of it, they usually’re shopping for into it very properly.”

West Aurora’s Jordan Brooks (11) plays defense against Minooka's Tre Brass during a Southwest Prairie West game in Aurora on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023.

Brooks, who’s taking part in for his third varsity coach in three years after transferring from Oswego following his sophomore season, has had recruiting contact from NCAA Division II and Division III colleges.

He’s seeking to have an enormous senior yr.

“I haven’t been getting something going persistently on offense currently,” Brooks mentioned. “However when that occurs, I attempt to do additional issues like get a rebound or a cease on protection.”

He’s additionally somebody Fowler needs on the ground.

“He’s only a regular participant,” Fowler mentioned of Brooks. “He’s somebody who must be on the market at each ends of the ground. He understands the sport fairly properly and does a great job for us.

“It’s basketball. They’ve gotta play either side of the courtroom, and he does that. I recognize his effort.”