Dundee-Crown avenges loss to Hampshire
Revenge is sweet -- just ask the Dundee-Crown boys basketball team.
Hampshire steamrolled the Chargers 58-37 in Fox Valley Conference play in Carpentersville Jan 17.
There was a different outcome in Hampshire Friday night as D-C avenged the embarrassing loss with an impressive 51-48 win over the Whip-Purs.
"We came into tonight's game with a chip on our shoulder," said D-C senior Kyle Huber. "That was a bad loss to Hampshire earlier in the season. I was feeling it early and got in a rhythm. They were guarding me closely late in the game and I was coming up short. Late, I was able to come off the flair screens and get enough room to shoot."
Huber, 5-of-9 from 3-point range, led the Chargers (13-15, 8-10) with 17 points.
"We played poorly from start to end against Hampshire the first time," said D-C coach Lance Huber. "We played much better tonight. Kyle got some good looks early and made some to open up the inside game. On defense, we limited their looks and had a good inside-outside game with Kyle and Justin (Prusko)."
Kyle Huber canned a pair of 3-pointers for 6 points and Prusko muscled his way inside for 3 baskets and 6 points in the first quarter.
Nick Erickson canned a pair of 3-pointers and Collin Woods buried a trey as the Whip-Purs (19-11, 11-7) led 15-14 after one quarter.
Prusko ended the game with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
With 12 lead changes in the game, Hampshire's Jackson Millison canned a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Whip-Purs a 41-39 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Doug Miller, who scored 6 points in the fourth quarter including a 4-for-4 effort from the free-throw line, made 2 free throws with 14.5 seconds left to give the Chargers a 49-48 lead.
The Whip-Purs had two opportunities to take the lead. Woods came up short on a 3-pointer, and Jeremy Rosa connected on a long 3-pointer from the left corner but his foot was out of bounds and the 3-pointer was disallowed.
Miller hit 2 free throws with 1.2 seconds to seal the win for the Chargers.
Miller added 12 points for the winners.
"Doug came up big in the fourth quarter," said Lance Huber. "He got a big basket and made some key free throws."
Woods led the Whip-Purs with 11 points. The 3-year starter scored his 1,000th career point on a 3-pointer with 3:54 left in the third quarter.
Erickson, who like Woods collected 3 treys, added 10.
"Being senior night I thought we would be ready to play," said Hampshire coach Mike Featherly. "We came out flat and didn't execute on offense and defense. We didn't have a sense of urgency. We weren't there mentally. We need to have a couple of good practices and get ready for the regionals."