WolfPack basketball season begins with loss

Madison College falls to McHenry County due to late scoring drought


Clarion staff

Madison College’s Porter Pretasky, right, sets a screen to free up Nik Feller during their Nov. 4 game at home against McHenry County College.

Anthony McCulley , Staff Writer

The Madison College WolfPack men’s basketball team lost its home opener to McHenry County College on Nov. 1 by a score of 83-78.   

A game that went back and forth was decided down the stretch. The WolfPack had a five-point lead going into halftime, and the game already had 13 ties and seven lead changes at that point in the game.  

WolfPack sophomores Keith Hoffman and Nik Feller each scored 20 points in the contest. Hoffman finished the game with his first double-double in the new campaign. The WolfPack have an all-time record of 4-3 against the Scots. 

The match was close, but the majority of the lead changes and ties came in the first 15 minutes of the game. The WolfPack and the Scots were tied 28-28 with a little more than 4 minutes to play in the half,  but the WolfPack went on a run to take a 41-36 lead at halftime. 

Madison College fought hard in the second half, but couldn’t hit their shots down the stretch. The Scots secured an offensive rebound off a free throw to seal the game.  

Hoffman ended the game hitting eight of his 18 shots and a pair of free throws and 3-pointers. The WolfPack forward also had 11 rebounds and his 11th career double-double. Hoffman ended with four assists and two blocks, leading the team in both categories. 

Feller was able to match Hoffman in points due to his three 3-pointers in the contest as well as going seven for nine on free throws. Feller went five for 11 on field goals and three for six on 3-pointers, while ending with eight rebounds, two assists and a steal.  

Tyler Haak and Telin Porter also contributed to the game with 10 points apiece. Haak ended the game going five for six on field goals. Porter went six for nine at the free-throw line and a steal to go along with his 10 points. 

Madison College’s next home game is Tuesday, Nov. 15, against College of Lake County. The game is set to start at 7:30 p.m.