BATAVIA – The Kaneland boys basketball team rallied to beat Batavia, 81-74, in overtime on Wednesday at the Windmill City Classic.
The Knights trailed by 10 points to start the fourth quarter before gaining traction late, and tied the game on a Drew David 3-pointer with about 12 seconds left in regulation. The game was tied at 70 going into OT, but the Knights took control in the extra session.
John Pruett scored 21 points and Ty Carlson added 13 points for the Knights (1-0).
“Drew (David) just seems to come up with the big shots a lot and that’s what you expect from a four-year starter," Kaneland coach Brian Johnson said. "It was a little worrisome when Pruett got taken out of the game (fouled out in the fourth quarter). He basically kept us in the game.”
Added David: “I came off the screen and I knew there wasn’t much time left so I knew it had to go up. It left my hand and it felt pretty good. I felt it had a chance to go in.”
Batavia, playing without football players including Micah Coffey, got 26 points in a dynamite debut from Coffey's sophomore brother, Canaan.
Forward Chasen Peez added 19 points for the Bulldogs.
In the first game of the night, St. Francis defeated Engelwood, 64-59. The Spartans were led by double-doubles from Kilian Brown (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Adam Hart (17 points, 10 rebounds), while Jason Sullivan had 15 points on five 3-pointers.
West Chicago Tournament: Geneva erased a nine-point third quarter deficit, rallying past Lake Zurich, 52-47, to move to 2-1 at the season-opening tournament. Nate Navigato (16 points) Mike Landi (13 points off the bench) and Chris Parrilli (10) paced the Vikings.
In other tournament action, Marmion fell to West Chicago, 80-68. Jake Esp led the Cadets (0-3) with 18 points.
Joliet West tournament: Seton Academy topped Aurora Central Catholic, 64-59, despite 17 points from ACC’s Sean Harreld. Brett Czerak (11 points) and Nick Faltz (10) also were in double figures for the Chargers (0-2).
Sycamore tournament: Burlington Central defeated Newark, 58-51, behind 13 points from Jacob Schutta. Brett Rau scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter for the Rockets (2-0), and Reed Hunnicutt also scored 10 points for Central.
Glenbard East tournament: Geneva defeated Glenbard South, 57-44. Morgan Seberger scored 17 points and Janie McCloughan added 10 points for the Vikings (3-1).
York tournament: Neuqua Valley defeated St. Charles North, 70-47, as North fell to 0-3 in tournament play. Ashling Davern (15 points) and Morgan Rosencrants (10 points) led the North Stars.
Kaneland loses: Kaneland fell to Nazareth, 57-40, at the Immaculate Conception Tournament. Ally VanBogaert scored 17 points to lead the Knights.
Aurora Christian 53, Harvest Christian 40: At Elgin, Natasha Brown grabbed 21 rebounds and Alyssa Andersen scored 16 points to help the Eagles to the nonconference win.
• Jared Birchfield contributed to this report.