MAPLE PARK – For the third time in four games, a clutch four quarter shot kept the Kaneland boys basketball team in the game.
A Ty Carlson 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter in Friday night’s matchup with Yorkville tied the contest at 49-all.
Kaneland was unable to sustain the momentum into overtime, as the Foxes prevailed, 64-60, in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East game.
After Carlson’s basket, Yorkville’s Josh Bondurant missed an open layup and Carlson snared the rebound. Knights coach Brian Johnson called a timeout with 0.2 seconds left to set up a shot. Kaneland was unable to score before time expired.
Bondurant (20 points) led Yorkville’s scoring surge in overtime, scoring 11 of the team’s first 13 points, including two treys. The Foxes made only four baskets all night from beyond the 3-point line.
The teams traded the lead throughout the night.
Kaneland (9-6, 2-2 NI Big 12 East) led, 14-10, after the first quarter. Yorkville led, 28-27, at halftime on a Dakota Gette trey at the buzzer.
Kaneland retook the lead late in the third quarter on a Carslon basket. A John Pruett bucket just before time expired gave the Knights a 39-36 lead starting the fourth quarter.
Carlson and Pruett provided most of the Knights' offensive power. Pruett led all scorers with 27 points, despite sitting out part of the second quarter with a bloody nose after a collision with Yorkvilles’s Kyle Domar. Carlson scored 17 points
“I think John and Ty really fought hard for to keep us in the game,” said Johnson. "We need to execute better and stay more disciplined with our defense to win tough games like this one.”
Free throw shooting kept the Foxes in the game in the second half. Yorkville (9-8, 2-2) managed only four baskets in the third and fourth quarter. The team sank 13 free thows in the two quarters.
“I give them a ton of credit for how strong they were on the free throw line and how they executed down the stretch,” Johnson said.
Drew David scored eight points for the Knights.
Kyle Shimp chipped in 14 points for Yorkville, while teammate Cedric Payne scored 11.