MAPLE PARK – For the third time in four games, a clutch fourth-quarter shot kept the Kaneland boys basketball team in the game.
A Ty Carlson 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the fourth in Friday night’s matchup with Yorkville tied the game, but Kaneland was unable to sustain the momentum into the overtime period, as the Foxes prevailed, 64-60, in a crucial Northern Illinois Big 12 East game.
After Carlson’s basket, Yorkville’s Josh Bondurant missed an open layup and Carlson snared the rebound. Knights coach Brian Johnson called a time out to set up a shot, but Kaneland was unable to score before time expired.
“I think John [Pruett] and Ty really fought hard to keep us in the game,” said Johnson. “We need to execute better and stay more disciplined with our defense to win tough games like this one.”
Bondurant, who finished with 20 points, led Yorkville’s scoring surge in overtime, scoring 11 of the team’s first 13 points, including two 3-pointers.
The Foxes made only four baskets all night from beyond the 3-point line.
The teams traded the lead throughout the night.
Kaneland (9-6, 2-2 NI Big 12 East) led 14-10 after the first quarter. Yorkville led, 28-27, at halftime on a Dakota Gette 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Kaneland reclaimed the lead late in the third quarter on a Carslon basket. A John Pruett bucket just before time expired gave the Knights a 39-36 lead starting the fourth.
Carlson and Pruett provided the most of the Knight’s offensive power.
Pruett led all scorers with 27 points, despite sitting out part of the second quarter with a bloody nose after a collision with Yorkvilles’s Kyle Domar. Carlson contributed 17 points
Free-throw shooting kept the Foxes in the game in the second half. Yorkville (9-8, 2-2) managed only four baskets in the third and fourth quarter, but sank 13 free throws in the two quarters.
“I give them a ton of credit for how strong they were on the free-throw line and how they executed down the stretch,” Johnson said.
Drew David scored eight points for the Knights.
Kyle Shimp chipped in 14 points for Yorkville while teammate Cedric Payne scored 11.