COD’s men’s basketball team earns victory over Harper

Ben Grote, Sports Reporter


College of DuPage defeated Harper College’s basketball team in a 74-51 victory on Jan. 17.

In an attempt to avenge the loss the COD women’s basketball team’s loss against Harper, COD quickly worked together to bring the game in their favor. However, Harper didn’t let up against the Chaparrals, and moved quickly in an attempt to surpass COD on the scoreboard. Five minutes into the game, it looked like it was going to be a close match. However, after Darren Montgomery made a jump shot to bring the Chaparrals in the lead, COD began continuously scoring over Harper College, surpassing them on the scoreboard and creating a large gap. At the eight-minute mark in the game, COD was up 22-10 over Harper. From this point on in the game, Harper College gean to play catch-up to the Chaparrals. Despite the rejuvenated play style of Harper, COD’s defense wouldn’t let up and gave Harper a hard time to score each time they made the attempt. COD fouled Harper three times within a span of five minutes, which helped bring up Harper’s score a small deal. The first quarter ended with a score of 30-19, with COD in the lead.


The second quarter started out very strongly for the Chaparrals. Both the offensive and defensive sides of the Chaparrals worked extremely well. Right at the beginning of the second quarter, Paris Dunlap made four consecutive baskets, with two of them being 3-point shots. Paris Dunlap didn’t stop at this, he proved to be a commanding player throughout the rest of the second quarter. The sophomore was able to score a total of 22 points during the game. This brought the Chaparrals into a commanding lead over Harper, and the fans roared in excitement as COD began to coordinate together very effectively, which created a gap that was too far for Harper to bring back up.


Harper College tried their best to fight back against the Chaparrals, which proved to be futile as the game ended with COD in a 23-point lead.


Paris Dunlap was pleased with his performance and attributed it to being a more aggressive player, saying, “My aggression this game really helped me come up on top. I hope in the future to play the same way, and continue to do this well.”

COD plays their next home game against Wilbur Wright College on Jan. 25.