Kaneland seniors go out with a win

  • Kaneland's Porter Conroy, left, and Jamari Meeks battle Morris forward Sam Williams for a rebound in the second quarter of an Interstate 8 Conference matchup Friday in Maple Park.

    Kaneland's Porter Conroy, left, and Jamari Meeks battle Morris forward Sam Williams for a rebound in the second quarter of an Interstate 8 Conference matchup Friday in Maple Park. Mary Beth Nolan / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Kaneland guard Will Cushman, right, celebrates after hitting a three-quarter court shot at the end of the third quarter in the Knights' 66-44 Interstate 8 Conference win over Morris Friday in Maple Park.

    Kaneland guard Will Cushman, right, celebrates after hitting a three-quarter court shot at the end of the third quarter in the Knights' 66-44 Interstate 8 Conference win over Morris Friday in Maple Park. Mary Beth Nolan / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Kaneland's Gavin Cano, from left, Ethan Feiza, and Porter Conroy swarm to the ball in the second quarter of the Knights' 66-44 Interstate 8 Conference win Friday Feb. 28 in Maple Park.

    Kaneland's Gavin Cano, from left, Ethan Feiza, and Porter Conroy swarm to the ball in the second quarter of the Knights' 66-44 Interstate 8 Conference win Friday Feb. 28 in Maple Park. Mary Beth Nolan / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Kaneland guard Jamari Meeks scores on a fast break in the third quarter of the Knights' 66-44 Interstate 8 Conference win over Morris Friday in Maple Park.

    Kaneland guard Jamari Meeks scores on a fast break in the third quarter of the Knights' 66-44 Interstate 8 Conference win over Morris Friday in Maple Park. Mary Beth Nolan / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Kaneland's Gavin Cano, from left, Ethan Feiza, and Porter Conroy swarm to the ball in the second quarter of the Knights' 66-44 Interstate 8 Conference win Friday Feb. 28 in Maple Park.

    Kaneland's Gavin Cano, from left, Ethan Feiza, and Porter Conroy swarm to the ball in the second quarter of the Knights' 66-44 Interstate 8 Conference win Friday Feb. 28 in Maple Park. Mary Beth Nolan / for Shaw Media Illinois

 
 
Updated 3/2/2020 1:59 PM

Morris wanted to derail Kaneland's senior night.

The Knights had other ideas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Kaneland came away with a 66-44 win in Maple Park Friday in the Interstate Eight Conference final.

"We wanted to spoil their senior night. That was our goal. I don't think we did," said Morris junior guard Colin Cummings.

Kaneland (16-13, 9-5), meanwhile, wanted a turnaround from the teams' last game. The Knights lost to Morris (13-17, 4-10) earlier in the season 30-29.

"We wanted to turn around from that time we played them. It was a bad game. We wanted to get every senior a basket and get a win," Kaneland senior Brett David said.

The Knights finished third in the Interstate Eight.

"I'm really happy for the seniors," Kaneland coach Ernie Colombe said. "It's a nice way to end their run at home. They wanted to go out winners at home."

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Kaneland got on the board first, but two 3-pointers by Jack Walker and Cummings pushed Morris ahead 8-2. A quick recovery by the Knights put them up 12-8 with about three minutes on the clock and they led 16-10 after one quarter.

Morris knew it would have to control the pace again in this second matchup. Kaneland plays a very-fast paced game. Morris tried to slow their pace in the first half. The Knights only scored 9 points while Morris got 15 in the second quarter.

Kaneland led at half 35-25.

"Our first half we had a game plan," Cumming said. "We knew they were going to pressure. The second half got away from us. We decided to scrap man. We came in here thinking we were just going to play zone. The game just got progressively worse."

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