Photo: Junior Mark Lilly drives to the basket under pressure Friday. Photo by Mary Paulson
Knights drop to 7-9 overall, 2-3 in NIB-12
KANELAND—After back-to-back victories over DeKalb and LaSalle-Peru last week, the boys’ varsity basketball team fell to the Yorkville Foxes 61-53 last Friday night.
The Knights are 7-9 overall this season and 2-3 in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.
Yorkville came out firing on all cylinders to start the first quarter behind back-to-back three-pointers from guard Kyle Domark (12 points) and forward King Davis (five points). Against the Foxes’ stifling defense, Kaneland managed just three baskets from the field, courtesy of forward Ryan David, guard Tanner Robertson (two points) and center Jacob Gomes (eight points).
Down 12-6 in the second quarter, Yorkville’s defense clamped down on the Knights even further, keeping them scoreless until David split free throw attempts with 3:05 left to play in the half. The Foxes scored 14 points in the quarter (8-0 run in the first 4:55) to Kaneland’s 10, behind an offensive attack led by guard Master Davis (six points,) guard Josh Bondurant (Yorkville game-high 19 points), and a key three-pointer from guard Dan Kaczmarek (13 points.)
Down 26-16 and despite Yorkville’s continued defensive domination, the Knights attempted to stage a comeback led by David’s 12-point third quarter effort (Kaneland game-high 19 points overall, four three-pointers). Yorkville answered with an 18-point barrage through the continued efforts of Domark and Kaczmarek, with a major contribution from guard Cedric Payne (six points).
Trailing 44-31 in the fourth quarter, the Knights battled back to within eight, thanks to the play of David, Gomes and guard Mark Lilly (13 points.) Despite outscoring the Foxes 22-17 in the final quarter, it wasn’t enough, as Kaneland’s second comeback fell short.
Kaneland head coach Brian Johnson broke down the team’s loss after the game.
“Too little, too late. When we’ve lost games, we’ve started slow (and) turned the ball over a lot, and it was kind of that formula,” he said. “We did a little too much early on (and) turned the ball over, I think, 22 times for the game. Yorkville played really good defense, (and) got the win.”
Coach Johnson also praised David’s hustling effort in the contest.
“Ryan has to work really hard. He’s kind of like our (Chicago Bulls guard) Jimmy Butler,” Johnson said. “We put him on their best guard all the time. There’s never a time when Ryan’s not working really hard. He worked really hard to try to get us back in the game.”
Kaneland will travel to take on Rochelle this Saturday at 5:30 p.m.