BELLEVILLE — Neither Southwestern Illinois College coach Jay Harrington or members of the Blue Storm basketball team were pleased with a 24-point loss at Mineral Area College a week ago.
On Tuesday, the Blue Storm got a little pay back.
Sophomore Jaquail Townser scored 22 points and Falando Wilkinson added 12 as the Blue Storm ran its winning streak to three games with a 87-73 win.
The difference? Simple execution according to Harrington.
"We ran our press break a lot better. That was it. When Mineral Area beat us (80-56) over at their place, we had 26 turnovers. On Tuesday, I bet we had 15,'' Harrington said. "When we lost by 24, we just didn't do a good job against their pressure. We had the wrong players taking the ball out of bounds and we just really struggled.
"This time we executed our press-break offense to perfection.''
The win improves SWIC to 4-1 for the season. The Blue Storm will host the Greenville College junior varsity on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The SWIC-Greenville could mark yet another milestone for Harrington, who has career mark of 699-406 in 34 seasons with the Blue Storm.
"It's a nice accomplishment but I think it's even more important to the college and this basketball program,'' Harrington said. "I hope I get it on Tuesday. (Syracuse) coach Jim Boeheim was going for No. 800 recently and had to wait a couple of games to get there. I don't want it to linger on.''
Battling a cold, Harrington said Thursday that five players are also battling cold- or flu-like symptoms. And that doesn't even count the rash of injuries which have hampered the development of a young Blue Storm team.
On the positive side, Harrington said that he expects freshman Kyle Lemons and sophomore Jacob Tolbert to make their regular-season debuts within the next week.
Lemons led SWIC in scoring during the preseason before being injured, while the 6-9 Tolbert is a force inside.
On the negative side
Harrington said freshman Corvon Butler could miss significant playing time because of a knee injury suffered in practice 10 days ago. Butler is awaiting results from an MRI.
Still a question mark is sophomore Brandon Book. The 6-foot, 6-inch Book, a two-time all-stater while at Central, is awaiting results of a test done on a sports hernia injury.
GRAC play to begin
The Blue Storm men and women begin Great Rivers Athletic Conference play on Thursday, Nov. 21, when they travel to Wabash Valley College. The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m., with the men to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Blue Storm women
Fresh off of a 70-58 win over the McKendree College junior-varsity earlier in the week, the Blue Storm women (2-0) will host the Washington University junior-varsity on Monday beginning at 7 p.m.