Summer time blues
Kaneland’s Monday meeting with MV ends in loss
GENEVA—In a stuffy setting at Geneva High School, the Knights’ summer league basketball team experienced their second Monday of the Geneva Summer League.
The result didn’t do much to improve the atmosphere.
Playing catchup for the majority of the running-clock tempo, the Knights took on Metea Valley of the Upstate Eight Conference and fell 46-31.
Kaneland fell to 2-3 in the early going of the summer session.
A physical game that saw junior Dylan Vaca contribute 16 points, the Knights and Mustangs each offered different styles of play, with the Mustangs more fast-break inclined.
“It’s a work in progress,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “We’re more in a ‘let them play’ mode and have them try to learn our offense. Defensively, we’re not very sharp. This is summer ball and I like to look at it as giving our kids a chance to play.”
A three by Brett Hansen brought an early deficit closer to 12-9, but Metea Valley used quick passes and its speed advantage to go up 18-9. Down 20-12, Vaca’s foul shot trip closed the deficit to 20-14 before the Mustangs cemented the seven-point halftime margin.
The Knights were able to cut it to five at 25-20, and Vaca was later able to bring it to within 32-24, Metea Valley was running on too many cylinders for the Knights attack.
It was an opportunity to see what Kaneland was able to do in the midst of camp action and to see what players like Vaca, David and inside presence Jacob Gomes could bring to the floor.
“You expect up and down during the summer. This is going to be Dylan’s third year. He had big games during the season until he got hurt. He needs to be a big contributor this year, and I think he will be,” Johnson said.
After facing St. Charles East and Naperville Central on Wednesday in Viking territory, the Knights hit Geneva once again to meet both Streamwood and Waubonsie Valley on Monday, June 23, beginning at 5 p.m.