by Mike Slodki
SYCAMOREâ€”Donovan Williams had plenty to say about the finish between Kaneland and Sycamore on Friday night off of Route 23.
He let his shot do the talking.
Putting up only six points, the senior had the two most important points of the game, sinking a 12-foot jumper with five seconds left to break a tie-game and propel the Knights to a 48-46 win.
â€œWe had a set play and I was supposed to come off that screen,â€ Williams said. â€œIt was supposed to be an alley-oop but they left me open and I just took the shot.â€
Williams handled most of the point duties due to Ryley Bailey being shelved due to leg injury.
â€œRyley usually handles point guard, but I feel comfortable bringing it up whenever I can,â€ Williams said.
The season-series sweep gives KHS a 14-8 record with a 6-6 record in the final Western Sun Conference season. Three regular season games are left.
Center Dave Dudzinski led the Knights with 13 points, as did Steve Colombe. Sycamore’s Sam Ford had a game-high 21.
In the fourth, Chaon Denlinger nailed a shot 13 seconds into the fourth to close within 40-37. Sycamore missed on five straight shot attempts until Taylor Andrews of Kaneland put back a Dudzinski miss and was fouled.
The ensuing foul shot tied the game at 40 with 4:28 to go.
â€œTaylor didnâ€™t play the whole game until then,â€ KHS coach Brian Johnson said. â€œTaylor seems to find holes a lot and he got the ball, went up strong and makes a huge free throw to tie the game. That definitely gave us momentum.â€
Dudzinski converted an offensive board with 3:33 to go to put Kaneland ahead 42-40, and Kory Harner’s three-pointer with 2:48 left gave KHS a 45-40 lead. Sycamore cut it to three with 1:59 to go and Ford’s two free throws with 54.0 seconds left cut it to one point.
Dudzinski made the first of two foul attempts with 43.5 ticks left to make it 46-44 until Ford tied it with a jumper with 25.9 to set up the final possession that led to Williams’ winning shot.
After calling timeout with 4.3 seconds left, Sycamore’s passes were too errant to make anything happen, and the clock ran out.
The Knights take on Geneva at the United Center in Chicago for the first time since Dec. 31, 2008, on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m.