Knights see setbacks against Batavia, BC and Geneva
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland High School basketball was a Ryley Bailey three-point shot away from sneaking by Batavia on Friday and potentially riding that positive wave into Burlington Central on Saturday evening.
Instead, Bailey’s running attempt went in and out of the rim and the Knights lost 42-40 to the visiting Bulldogs. Saturday had the Knights lose 65-51 to the host Rockets. The Knights also dropped a 61-51 skirmish at Geneva.
The three-game skid has Kaneland sitting at 9-5 with a 3-3 record in Western Sun Conference play.
Going into the fourth quarter vs. the Bulldogs, Kaneland was down 31-30 and gave up a basket to Ricky Clopton 34 seconds into the frame.
Bailey’s first basket of the contest followed by two Dave Dudzinski foul shots gave KHS a 34-33 leads with 5:21 remaining.
Two baskets by Batavia put the Bulldogs ahead 38-34 with 4:20 remaining, but a Steve Colombe basket on a feed by Dudzinski and a Donovan Williams shot tied it with 3:02 to go.
Bailey missed a free throw but Dudzinski’s putback with 1:53 remaining gave KHS a 40-38 lead. Two foul shots by Batavia tied the score 11 seconds later. After Kaneland worked on a possession, the ball was lost and Batavia’s Clopton was fouled driving to the hoop with 7.9 ticks left. After hitting his free throws, Bailey got the ball on a pass and lifted the unsuccessful trey attempt.
â€œI thought we could bring it up the sideline, try to go middle and get a layup,â€ KHS coach Brian Johnson said. â€œDidnâ€™t work out that way. Ryley had a nice shot, it just didnâ€™t go in, and that happens. Those shots will fall eventually.â€
Kaneland’s biggest leads of the entire night was two points.
Dudzinski’s 20 points resembled the only Knight line in double figures.
The Knights were also 8-for-12 from the charity stripe.
Against BC, Chaon Denlinger led the way with 20 points, followed by Colombe’s 13 and Dudzinski’s 11.
Kaneland led 15-14 after one quarter, but fell behind 29-20 at halftime. The Knights closed the deficit to 43-35 after three but could get no closer.
Against Geneva, KHS saw Ryley Bailey score 15 and Dudzinski score 11.
The Knights fell behind 12-9 to the Vikings after one frame and 37-21 after the second quarter. Kaneland closed within 49-34 at the end of three, but it was too late to gain any more momentum.
In sophomore action, the Knights beat the Rockets 50-35 behind eight points from Ray Barry.
KHS tries to earn a conference win at Glenbard South on Friday, Jan. 15.
Photo: Knight hoopster Ryley Bailey gets two of his team-high 15 points the hard way in Kanelandâ€™s 61-51 loss at Geneva on Tuesday. Photo by Ben Draper