KANELAND—History shows us that dealing with pirates was never smooth sailing.
No matter, the Kaneland boys basketball team was able to leave the Northern Illinois Big XII West stop on Saturday night with their head held high.
A prolific fourth quarter allowed KHS to beat Ottawa by a 45-38 clip, which increased their record to 10-8 and 3-2 in NIB-12 play.
Balanced scoring was paced by Daniel Helm and Chaon Denlinger with nine each.
Kaneland’s foul shooting produced a 13-for-18 night, while Ottawa’s production was only 17-for-34. Kaneland’s Zach Ringhouse came through with an eight-for-eight line at the charity stripe.
The Knights took a 13-6 lead after one quarter. Ottawa climbed back to tie the contest at 19-all at halftime, and took a 26-21 lead by the end of the third , before Kaneland’s 24-12 final frame led to a seven-point win.
In sophomore action, the Knights improved to 17-1 on the year with a 46-45 comeback win on the Pirates. Thomas Williams had 14 for KHS.
The Knights’ next challenge is hosting Rochelle High School on Friday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.