Boys hoops conference clash fails to go way of Knights
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARKâ€”KHS boys basketball kept afloat for three quarters.
It was the fourth quarter that sunk the Knights on Friday.
Victim to a 9-0 run and going nearly 10 minutes with just two points scored served a bad ending in a 44-40 loss to visiting DeKalb in a highly anticipated matchup.
The Knights are now 2-2 with a 1-1 record in Western Sun Conference.
â€œIt was a big game and we lost, and I’m not a big fan of moral victories, but our guys are going to learn what it takes to compete with the big boys like the DeKalbs, Batavias and Genevas, and this was a good test for us,â€ Kaneland coach Brian Johnson said.
The Knights were led by Dave Dudzinski, who put a game-high 22 on the board in the effort. Kaneland held Dekalb at bay for three quarters before DeKalb found its way to the basket and outscored KHS 14-8.
Recent Illinois State University-signee Jordan Threloff had a team-high 16 points.
With Kaneland using a Dudzinski dunk with 27.8 seconds left to go up 32-29, things looked to be going the Knightsâ€™ way and they led 32-30 at the end of the frame.
DeKalb went on a tear, hitting six of its first eight shots to go up 42-35 with 55.8 seconds left.
Dudzinski showed an adept outside shooting touch and hit a three to close within 42-38 with 38.9 to go. Matt Cowansâ€™ two foul shots closed within 42-40 after a foul gave the Knights possession, but with two turnovers coming on the next two possessions, DeKalb hit two foul shots to provide the final margin.
KHS faces visiting Yorkville on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.