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PREP ROUNDUP: Geneva sinks Kaneland at United Center

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 7:45 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – Kaneland senior Ty Carlson did his best to bring jersey No. 23 back in style at the United Center, sinking a dramatic 3-pointer to tie Geneva with 15 seconds to go in Saturday's contest.

After a timeout, Geneva had possession with 9.4 seconds to play. Senior point guard Cam Cook dribbled upcourt and found Nate Navigato on the right wing. The junior forward unleashed the game-winning shot from the NBA 3-point arc for a 54-51 Vikings win.

"We went to a 1-3-1," Kaneland coach Brian Johnson said. "I was hoping they were maybe drawing something up for [man-to-man defense]. I thought it was contested. Unfortunately, I think our contest was a 5-10 kid and another 5-10 kid against a 6-5 kid. Nate can shoot over that. He made a big shot. He's a Division I player. Big-time players rise in big-time moments, and that's what he did."

After a timeout, the Knights had only 3.3 seconds with which to work. The Vikings elected to foul Kaneland's Drew David with 2.3 seconds left rather than let the Knights (7-4) shoot a potential game-tying 3-pointer.

David missed both free throws – the second intentionally – and Kaneland senior John Pruett slapped the rebound toward Connor Fedderly in the corner, but Fedderly's desperation 3-point try was off line.

Navigato's late surge distracted from the big-time performance by Carlson, who scored a game-high 21 points. Pruett added 16 points for Kaneland.

"I've always thought very highly of John," Johnson said. "I've thought he's one of the better players in our area, I just think sometimes he shies away from it. I think today he showed that he can get to the bucket. … And I thought he did a good job for three quarters against a Division I kid. He played as hard as he could on the defensive end of the floor."


Knights win: Kaneland beat Plano, 30-29. Nick Mish (106 pounds), Adam Mish (113), Matthew Redman (126) and Tom Price (170) all won by fall for the Knights.

Jay Schwab contributed to this report

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