MORRIS – Kaneland’s status as a thorn in the side of the Morris boys basketball team since the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference formed may have reached a new depth Friday night.
After scoring the first 12 points of the fourth quarter – along with the final four of the third – to take a 44-34 lead, the Redskins were shut out over the final 3:29 as the Knights rallied. Kaneland defeated Morris, 47-44, in a setback to the Redskins’ conference title hopes.
Otherwise 5-0 in conference play, the Redskins are now 0-2 against Kaneland, which has gone 2-3 against other conference teams. They will become Kaneland fans tonight, as the Knights will host NIB 12 East leader Sycamore.
“We have kids out there who have logged a lot of minutes through their varsity careers,” Kaneland coach Brian Johnson said. “It was a bunch of guys stepping up and playing really hard. We executed our 1-3-1. I thought it slowed them down a lot.”
Austin Patterson of Morris scored four points without time coming off the clock twice in the second half. The first was a four-point play to close the third quarter; the second came when Patterson was fouled while attempting a 3, and the Knights were called for a technical foul after.
Kaneland got its first points of the fourth quarter on a Ryan David conventional three-point play, which when coupled with 3-pointers from Ty Carlson and David cut a 10-point Morris lead to one in a minute of game time.
Kaneland then took the lead with 49 seconds to play on a David steal and basket, and David added two late free throws.
Aurora Christian 64, Walther Christian 58: At Aurora, R.D. Lutze scored 14 points and Steve Buhrt and Johnathan Harrell added points each for the victorious Eagles in the Suburban Christian Conference crossover.
Marmion 68, Aurora Central Catholic 57: At Aurora, Marmion led by three at halftime and closed out the win. The Cadets were led by Jordan Glasgow (22 points) and Jake Esp (20). Michael Sheehan was battling the flu but had 12 points, eight rebounds and seven steals. The Cadets improve to 14-12, 5-3 in the Suburban Christian Conference Blue.
IHSA Class 3A St. Francis Regional: St. Francis fell to Glenbard South in the regional championship game, 49-33. Mia Mazza and Reagan Sproat had 10 points apiece for St. Francis.
• Mark Johnson contributed to this report.