Knight boys victim of Rochelle sharpshooting
by Mike Slodki
Maple Parkâ€“No matter the gameplan for familiar competition, itâ€™s tough to guard against a Rochelle Hubs boys basketball crew that springs for 10 three-pointers.
Such was the case on Friday as the Knights fell to the host Hubs by a final of 77-63, seeing their record fall to 12-7 (4-5 Western Sun Conference).
Propelled by 10 treys, including five by Seth Anderson, the Hubs kept the Knights at bay.
The Knights were paced on the hardwood by Dave Dudzinski with 22 points, while Ryley Bailey added 12 of his own. Anderson had 22 for the Hubs.
Rochelle went to the foul line a massive 37 times, converting on 23 opportunities. Kaneland went 13-for-22 from the line.
Rochelle led after one frame by a 17-13 clip and increased it to 38-32 after the first half. While Kaneland kept up with the Hubs and trailed 56-50 after three, the lead widened and the Knights were outscored 21-13 in the fourth.
â€œThe loss to Rochelle basically has brought us back to the basics defensively,â€ KHS coach Brian Johnson said. â€œWe have really concentrated on our defensive intensity and we have made adjustments to the way we pressure the ball and play in the passing lanes.
Meanwhile, the sophomores were helped by Trever Heinleâ€™s 24 points in a 63-54 win over Rochelle.
The varsity Knights hope to take a win on Friday, Feb. 5, at Yorkville and against the visiting Sycamore Spartans on Saturday, Feb. 6.