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Smith might be a common name, but it’s not a common one when one thinks of Plano basketball. Regardless, his teammates weren’t surprised to see him play hero.
“That man right there, that is my man,” Cross said. “I think a lot of people sleep on him, but that right there is something he does in practice all the time. I was expecting that.”
He might not have surprised his teammates, but he definitely surprised the Knights.
“He‘s really aggressive so I knew he could finish,” Reapers guard Patrick Johnson said. “When I saw him going up I knew it was in. Maybe everyone else was surprised, but as soon as I saw it go up I knew it was good.”
Kaneland (11-12, 7-4) took its biggest lead of the game at 45-35 on a Sam Gomes three-pointer to open the fourth quarter so Plano had to battle back, and it did, scoring 28 points in the final quarter after scoring just 35 through the first three quarters.