Ebube dunks 11 times in Mustangs’ victory
By Bryan Bonato Special to The News-Sun December 9, 2012 3:54PM
Updated: January 11, 2013 6:14AM
The Illinois High School Association boys basketball record book does not include a section for most dunks in a game.
Which is the only reason why Chino Ebube’s name won’t be added to the text on Monday morning.
Saturday evening, the 6-foot-4 senior, who will play his college ball at Missouri S&T, registered 11 dunks and scored a game-high 27 points on 13-of-17 shooting to power host Mundelein past Warren 67-56 in a North Suburban Conference Lake Division prep boys basketball game.
The win moved the Mustangs to 2-1 in the division and 4-4 overall. Warren is 2-1 and 6-3, and had its five-game winning streak snapped by a team that was clearly better on this night.
“It was a lot of fun. I just try to motivate my team when I dunk the ball,” said Ebube, whose family is from Africa. “I put in a lot of work and it paid off. I’ve watched a lot of Dominique Wilkins (an NBA dunking legend), but also Blake Griffin (current NBA dunking star).”
Mundelein took the lead for good at 5-3 and was up 34-27 at halftime. A 9-2 run to start the third quarter put the game into the Mustang win column.
“It was a good win for us,” said Mundelein coach Richard Knar, “and we played well in situations we had worked on all week in practice, like handling their pressure.
“I told Chino like I told (former Mundelein star post player Ryan Sawvell) in a regional game two years ago, if they zone-press us all game, be ready to get some dunks.”
Mundelein’s win was its first over Warren at the varsity level for this group of players. In each of the last two seasons, Warren went 3-0 against Mundelein.
“It feels really nice (to beat Warren),” said Mundelein’s Sean O’Brien. “This was the one game I had marked since last year. I wanted to beat Warren.”
O’Brien had 11 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks on the night. Cliff Dunigan also had 11 points, and Ebube had nine rebounds and seven blocks.
“It’s fun to play with Chino,” O’Brien added. “He has great hands and obviously he can jump out of the gym. You just throw it up there. Tonight, he was catching everything and throwing it down.”
On the other side, Warren coach Ryan Webber saw his team allow Mundelein to shoot 26-of-46 from the field and outrebound the Blue Devils 28-13.
“They’re a good basketball team with a lot of weapons,” Webber said. “With Ebube back (he missed the season-opening tourney), he was a difference-maker for them. He played in his own world tonight.
“I thought we were a step slow defensively tonight. We have a ways to go to get where we want to be. We’re going to study the film and work to get better.”
Aarias Austin had 20 points to lead Warren, but 10 came in the fourth quarter when the issue was no longer in doubt. James Betori added a dozen points and Adrian Deere had 10.