Kaneland boys downed by DeKalb, handle Hampshire
Kaneland boys hoops was still stumped by DeKalb on Friday, but managed to pass the Hampshire test on Saturday evening.
The KHS basketball crew were swept in the regular season series by the Barbs thanks to a 50-38 setback on Friday night.
Kaneland came back and handed the visiting Whip-purs a small measure of revenge for last yearâ€™s playoff exit with a 50-35 win.
The Knights sit at 12-6 (4-4 Western Sun Conference) with seven games left in regular season play.
Against the rival Barbs, center Dave Dudzinski outscored counterpart Jordan Threloff 16-13, and Chaon Denlinger scored 13.
One pivotal aspect of the game that proved beneficial to DeKalb was from the foul line; while KHS went just 2-for-6, the Barbs ended up 17-for-26 from the line.
Kaneland led 11-10 after one, and fell behind 21-20 at the half before falling to a 16-9 third quarter run by DeKalb. The Barbs outscored the Knights 13-9 to secure the win.
Against the visiting Whip-purs, Dudzinski impressed with a game-high 19 points, followed by Steve Colombeâ€™s 11.
The Knights were a spotless 9-for-9 from the charity stripe.
Kaneland led 11-8 after one before Hampshire knotted matters at 18 apiece at the halftime break. The Knightsâ€™ offense found openings in the third and led 31-28 at the buzzer before opening up a 19-7 run for the fourth.
The sophomore game had Hampshire beat KHS 46-43.
On tap for the varsity Knights: a road venture to WSC school Rochelle on Friday, Jan. 29.