Boys hoops engineer regular season sweep of Barbs, defeat Streator
KANELAND—When you hold an opponent to a grand total of zero points in a quarter, you know you’re doing something right.
A 13-0 third frame in Maple Park on Friday night meant big things—namely a victory and a regular season sweep of rival DeKalb, 46-43.
Tuesday brought a 59-51 win over crossover opponent Streator.
Coach Brian Johnson’s crew now sits at 15-8 with a 6-2 record in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.
Leading the DeKalb-targeted charge was Chaon Denlinger’s 20 points and freshman Daniel Helm’s 10 points.
DeKalb’s Brian Sisler led his team with 11 points.
The Barbs took a 12-8 lead after the first eight minutes and took a 23-19 lead into halftime before the troubles started. Kaneland’s 13-0 run that lasted the duration of the third quarter gave the Knights a 32-23 advantage.
While DeKalb regained its collective footing, it wasn’t enough as the Knights held on for the three-point win.
Helm had a team-high 18 against visiting Streator, and Zach Ringhouse added 12.
Noteworthy details this week also included Kaneland learning of its postseason assignment. On Wednesday, March 2, Kaneland (No. 2) will play Aurora Central Catholic (No. 3) at Sycamore High School, with the winner dueling with Rochelle, Sycamore or IMSA on Friday, March 4, in the championship.