DeKALB – Another strong scoring effort from seniors John Pruett and Tyler Carlson wasn’t enough for the Kaneland boys basketball team Tuesday in a 76-70 loss at Northern Illinois Big 12 East rival DeKalb.
Pruett (23 points) and Carlson (19) accounted for more than half the Knights’ points, but the Barbs’ 8 for 12 effort from long range added up, too.
“John and Ty did their usual again to try to keep us in the game,” Knights coach Brian Johnson said. “You score 70 points, you’d like to think you can win, but it just didn’t go our way.”
Kaneland (10-7, 2-3 NI Big 12 East) also got 15 points from Cole Carlson. The Knights trailed by four at halftime, but found themselves down by as many as 14 in the second half.
“Kind of scratched our way back in, but they shot really well and our defense was pretty poor,” Johnson said.
Marian Central 64, Aurora Central Catholic 58: At Aurora, ACC suffered a narrow Suburban Christian Conference home loss.
Aurora Christian 64, Guerin 47: At Aurora, 12-8 ACS earned an SCC win behind R.D. Lutze (15 points) and Johnathan Harrell (nine assists).
Wheaton Academy 64, Immaculate Conception 53: At West Chicago, Wheaton Academy secured an SCC win behind a balanced attack that included 16 points from Gordon Behr and 13 from Jake Lindstedt.
Batavia 71, Elgin 28: At Elgin, Batavia rebounded from Saturday’s home loss to St. Charles East to remain in control in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division race. Liza Fruendt (21 points), Hannah Frazier (17) and Erin Bayram (12) finished in double figures for the Bulldogs (17-7, 9-1 UEC River).
Nine Batavia players scored.
Burlington Central 63, Marengo 19: At Burlington, Sam Pryor (12 points), Rebecca Gerke (11) and Kayla Ross (11) helped Central stay unbeaten in Big Northern Conference East play.