47-39 win over Rockford Christian gives Knights third-ever championship
by Mike Slodki
What does an eight-point win over Rockford Christian get you?
How about a Plano Christmas Classic Tournament win?
The 47-39 win over Rockford Christian on Dec. 30, 2009, netted the Knights their third Plano tourney win and their first since 1994.
The win put the cap on a gathering that saw coach Brian Johnsonâ€™s crew also defeat Putnam County, Sandwich and Genoa-Kingston.
â€œWinning the Plano tournament gives us a head of steam going into an extremely tough part of our schedule,â€ Johnson said. â€œWe are very excited about what we were able to accomplish and are hopeful that the momentum that has been built will help us within the conference.
Center Dave Dudzinski was named the tournament MVP, following Senecaâ€™s Seth Evans who won in 2008.
Ryley Bailey was also named to the all-tournament group.
Kaneand (9-2, 3-1 Western Sun Conference) got 32 points from Dudzinski, who was also 8-for-10 from the foul line. Itâ€™s the second highest point total for a Knight, behind P.J. Fleckâ€™s 40 against Sandwich in 1999.
Kaneland and RC were tied 10-10 after one and the Knights poured it on in the second frame and led 26-16 at the break.
While Rockford Christian closed the deficit to 32-27 after three, Kaneland won the fourth quarter battle 15-12.
Kaneland hosts rival Batavia on Friday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. The last meeting in Maple Park between the two squads on Feb. 27, 2009, resulted in Mike Pritchardâ€™s evident three-point shot being ruled a two and a 54-53 loss for KHS.
Photo: Dave Dudzinski travels to the hoop during the Plano Christmas Classic. The Holy Cross signee scored 32 to lift the Knights to the title. File Photo
Plano Christmas Classic
2009 All-Tournament Team
*Dave Dudzinski – Kaneland (MVP)
*Ryley Bailey – Kaneland
Brayden Teuscher – Rockford (Christian)
Jahlil Smith – Rockford (Christian)
Scott Suchy – Genoa-Kingston
Josh DeGraaf – Morris
Kjeld Torkelson – Morris
Kyle Anderson – Newark
Robert Hearon – Plano
Brian Michaels – Hinckley-Big Rock
Tavis Gibson – Yorkville
Justin Wegener – Sandwich
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