Joliet West vs. Neuqua Valley Boys Basketball 2.25.19

February 26, 2019
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Joliet West and Neuqua Valley face off in Regional quarterfinal basketball. 19th seed Joliet West plays host to 14th seed Neuqua Valley. The Wildcats get a boost back in their lineup with leading scorer, John Poulakidas returning from injury

An interesting situation before the game as the Tigers are called for a technical foul for dunking during warm-ups. That sends Poulakidas to the line and he makes both free throws

The Wildcats also get the ball after the free throws and you can tell Poulakidas was ready to get back on the court as he drives and hits the jumper. NV up 4-0 just 10 seconds in

Shortly after, Sentwali Nalls drives and hits Connor Davis underneath for the basket. 7-1 Neuqua

Wildcats in control in the 1st quarter. John Poulakidas gets open and drains the long triple to make the Neuqua lead 16-5

The Tigers go on a nice run as Jamere Hill gets the loose ball and races down the court. He gets the bucket and the foul. Free throw good and Wildcat lead is cut to 5

That’s as close as the Tigers get though. Sentwali Nalls drives and misses the shot, but Nonso Obguefi is there for the put back. 22-13 Wildcats at the end of 1

Early in the 2nd, the Wildcats move the ball in transition and that leads to a 3 pointer from Donovan Navarro

More Poulakidas midway through the 2nd. He makes his defender look miserable as he drives and hits the floater. Neuqua leads 36-24 at halftime

Neuqua doesn’t let up in the 3rd. Connor Davis nails a 3 from the top of the key. He finishes with 11 points

Following a Joliet miss. Sentwali Nalls goes flying up the court and hits the pull up jumper in transition and Neuqua leads 49-31

John Poulakidas continues his monster night. After a Tiger miss he goes flying up the court, makes a nifty move around a man then gets the and 1. Free throw good. Wildcats up 21 heading to the 4th

Early in the 4th Poulakidas waits in the corner and drains another triple. He finishes with a game high 26 points as the Wildcats advance to take on 3rd seeded Oswego East in the Regional Semi Finals