On a tear
Photo: Senior Cole Carlson hit this double-clutch jumpshot as time expired in the first half Saturday vs. Sycamore. The basket gave the Knights a 27-24 lead. Photo by Ben Draper
Boys lineup sees ball bounce their way in wins over Morris, Sycamore
KANELAND—It’s been a busy time for Kaneland boys basketball.
Outside of a tough loss to renowned hoops program Hillcrest at the Day and Night of Hoops and St. Charles North two weeks ago, it’s been largely positive, as well.
With a home win over rival Sycamore 50-44 on Saturday, preceded by a 47-44 road win over Morris, the Knights sit at 15-9 and 6-3 in Northern Illinois Big XII play.
The win over the Spartans, rescheduled from Jan. 24 due to inclement conditions, was a nice switch from a 41-38 loss along Spartan Trail on Dec. 6, 2013. Knight offense was paced by Tyler Carlson’s game-high 24 points and John Pruett’s 10.
Kaneland was also helped by a 17-of-19 night from the foul line, as well.
The first frame ended with Sycamore ahead 13-11, before Kaneland was able to jump ahead at 27-24 by halftime. The action stabilized with Kaneland leading after three in a 38-35 situation, and the Knights’ 12-9 fourth quarter was enough to pull away from the Sycamore rival.
Against the Redskins, which suffered a season sweep to the Knights after a 42-41 result on Jan. 10, KHS was served by Drew David’s team-high 13 points, Pruett’s 11 and Carlson’s 10.
The Knights led 12-10 after the first quarter but fell behind 19-18 at the half. After rallying to take a 34-32 lead after the third quarter, Kaneland outscored Morris 13-12 to earn the conference win.
Overall, KHS Brian Johnson was pleased with the recent run.
“It was a rewarding weekend for the boys,” Johnson said. “They had a tough game against Hillcrest and a hard fought loss to St. Charles North. It was nice to see them respond against the top two teams in our league. Hopefully we can continue to play hard and put up a good fight against a strong DeKalb team.”
Johnson refers to the regular season finale against the Barbs in Maple Park on Friday, Feb. 28.
Friday also revealed the Class 3A postseason slate for the Knights, as the No. 1 seed of the Kaneland Regional. On Tuesday, March 4, KHS plays either No. 4 Glenbard South or No. 5 Aurora Central Catholic. Friday, March 7 sees the regional final against either No. 3 Marmon Academy or No. 6 IMSA.