LANSING | Illiana Christian's Caleb Jonkman is seeing more of a team effort out of the Vikings lately, but on Friday night, a lot of the effort came from Jonkman at the free throw line.
Jonkman was 17 of 20 from the charity stripe and finished with 31 points, five rebounds, and four steals to help lead the Vikings to a 62-49 win over Ridgewood in Metro Suburban Conference action. Zack Pruim added 12 points and six boards for Illiana Christian, who improved to 3-3 in conference play. The Vikings trailed the Rebels 21-20 at the half, but a 12-0 run to start the third quarter gave Illiana Christian the lead the rest of the game.
"At halftime we knew they would make adjustments to the zone we were playing," Jonkman said. "We looked at the score and saw we were down 21-20, and we wanted to get the ball up-tempo more. In the third quarter, we were able to get good boards and get out and run."
The Vikings (9-7, 3-3) were forced to expand their defensive zone against a 3-point-happy Ridgewood squad and held the Rebels to only 10 3-point baskets on the night, and for a Rebel team that relies on the three, that wasn't too bad for Illiana Christian.
"They hit some open threes and we know that that's their game," Illiana Christian coach Tom Roozeboom said. "We knew they were going to hit some. You're not going to stop them from shooting that many shots, but I think our defense did a good job of limiting them to their second chances."
The Vikings defense continued to play well, as they have all season, and Jonkman said the team is getting contributions from the entire team at both ends of the floor as of late.
"It's not all one person, it's not two people," Jonkman said. "We're getting contributions from four or five people, and that's what it's going to take for us to do well in conference and in the tournament."
Roozeboom said a solid second half Friday night, following a good week of practice and play, has put the Vikings where they want to be at this point in the season.
"That was our goal, to come out and win both quarters," Roozeboom said of the second half. "This is a nice week for us. We put two nice game together and to beat (Ridgewood) twice this year is a testament to these guys."