MAPLE PARK – Kaneland senior guard Drew David extended the Knights’ boys basketball season by at least one more game with a clutch signature shot.
David drilled a buzzer-beating 3 on Friday to help the host Knights past Marmion, 63-60, for the Class 3A Kaneland Regional title.
“It’s unbelievable,” David said. “This is something not many people get to do. This is something I will never forget.”
Ty Carlson led the way for the Knights (18-9) with a game-high 32 points, while David had 11. Jacob Esp and Jordan Glasgow each had 17 points for the Cadets (16-5).
“It was one of those games of runs,” Kaneland coach Brian Johnson said. “They made a big run, we made a big run.”
David was sent to the free throw line with one minute left in the fourth quarter. David made both shots, which gave Kaneland the lead, 60-58. After an Esp shot rimmed out, Kaneland was sent back to the free throw line with 26.1 seconds left in the game.
Ryan David missed both free throws.
Marmion called a timeout with 21.6 seconds to play. The Cadets ran the clock down to 13 seconds. Glasgow banked in a field goal with 9.8 seconds left, tying the game at 60.
As one half of the gym roared, the other half went silent, but not for very long. Carlson made a pass to Drew David with 2.2 seconds left. David put the shot up clean and it was nothing but net. Kaneland had seized the game and a spot in Tuesday’s Hampshire Sectional final against Rockford Lutheran.
“It turned into a street ball game out there. Everyone was running up and down,” Drew David said. “I ran to the open spot and got the ball, and I shot it. I didn’t know if the buzzer went off or not, but then it went in. It was crazy. Next you thing you know I am getting tackled.”
Johnson said he could not be more proud of the way his team battled. But once it came down to the last minute, David was able to help get the victory for the Knights.
“Drew came up big at the end of the game,” Johnson said. “I say it all the time, he is a four-year starter, two-year captain, an all-state football player, and you come to expect those things out of him.”