Boys basketball: Kaneland edges past Yorkville
By Steve Nemeth For Sun-Times Media February 1, 2013 10:26PM
Updated: February 3, 2013 9:48PM
Drew David has quarterbacked enough wins for Kaneland football and basketball to be able to cut to the heart of the matter.
“Every win in league play is important and road wins are not only crucial but those are games that good teams win,” David noted.
That was the junior’s way of summing up a 47-39 Knights victory that may not have always been artistic, but it did give Kaneland a sweep of Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference East Division foe Yorkville. The triumph kept the Knights atop the division at 6-1 in league play and 13-6 overall. The host Foxes dipped to 10-11 and 3-4 despite an improved effort over a 51-30 loss to Kaneland earlier in the season.
After a 14-all opening quarter, Yorkville fought its way into a 24-23 lead only to have Kaneland answer with three-pointers by Matt Limbrunner and David followed by Limbrunner notching a putback of his own miss en route to a 33-28 halftime lead. John Pruett, Limbrunner and Dan Miller scored early in the third to give the Knights their largest lead, 39-29.
Trailing 39-31 heading into the last eight minutes, Yorkville missed a variety of shots and committed several turnovers to prevent a rally as Kaneland also struggled.
“We sometimes take one step forward and then one step back,” Yorkville coach Dan McGuire admitted. “In the second quarter we contested shots a little more and went after rebounds better. While we played them to the end, we had too many misses to close out the game.”
The Foxes did have 11 points apiece from Dakota Gette and Taylor Carter, but that wasn’t enough to counter David’s dozen and a game-high 16 from Limbrunner.
“In the first meeting we gave up too many offensive rebounds, so we knew we couldn’t sleep on them. We held them for the most part,” Limbrunner said. “But the key was to be confident in each other and play as a team.”
“Drew had a nice game overall with a lot of big shots early and while Matt’s shot wasn’t always there, he stuck with it as evidenced by some rebound putbacks,” said Kaneland coach Brian Johnson. “Most important we had a team effort on defense. Tyler Carlson had one of his best games since Christmas, including a big three. And Dan Miller doesn’t really fill up a stat sheet, but he’s a tough unheralded kid who makes some big plays for us.”