[David Toney - For Shaw Media]
“I thought our performance was better than last week at the [Batavia] tournament,” Kaneland coach Joe Conroy said. “But we didn’t do the little things. We didn’t make free throws or box out and get rebounds that we had to get down the stretch that could’ve made the game a different outcome.”
Kaneland (1-4, 0-1) pulled to within 42-40 with 12.5 seconds left, but the Knights were forced to foul and Christian Payne (15 points) and Jake Polowy (seven points) made four straight free throws to seal the victory.
The Foxes converted 10 of their first 11 free throws, but only made 7-of-13 after their strong start.
“We’re coming into practice and working hard and that just makes us tougher together,” Payne said. “We’ve been able to click pretty quickly with a lot of new juniors and other new players.”
Logan Habada added 13 points for the Foxes.