MAPLE PARK – A back-and-forth matchup between Kaneland and Marmion developed into a classic in the boys basketball Class 3A Kaneland Regional championship game Friday night.
After Marmion’s Jordan Glasgow banked in a two-pointer with 9.8 seconds left to tie the score, Kaneland answered. Tyler Carlson made a pass to Drew David with 2.2 seconds left. David put up a shot and it was nothing but net as Kaneland won, 63-60.
“It turned into a street ball game out there. Everyone was running up and down,” David said. “I ran to the open spot and got the ball and I shot it. I didn’t know if the buzzer went off or not, but then it went in. It was crazy; next you thing you know I am getting tackled.”
A hostile environment to say the least, the game featured more than a handful of lead changes, numerous clutch shots and many bodies hitting the floor.
“It was one of those games of runs,” Kaneland coach Brian Johnson said. “They made a big run, we made a big run.”
David was sent to the free-throw line with one minute left in the fourth quarter, making both to give Kaneland a two-point lead before Marmion’s final possessions. After a shot by Jacob Esp rimmed out, Kaneland was fouled but missed two free throws with 26.1 seconds left to give Marmion its final possession.
Johnson could not be more proud of the way his team battled for the full 32 minutes.
“Drew came up big at the end of the game,” Johnson said. “I say it all the time: He is a four-year starter, two-year captain, an all-state football player, and you come to expect those things out of him.”
Carlson led the way for the Knights with a game-high 32 points while David had 11 points. Esp and Glasgow each had 17 points for the Cadets.
This being the last game on their home court was definitely a special way for the Knights’ seniors to go out.
Kaneland advances to the Hampshire Sectional semifinals and will play Rockford Lutheran at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“It’s unbelievable,” David said. “This is something not many people get to do. This is something I will never forget.”