Boys Basketball: Hillcrest runs past Kaneland
By Michael O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org February 15, 2014 10:44PM
George McDaniel of Hillcrest squeezes past Kaneland defense for a layup. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 16, 2014 2:18AM
Hillcrest junior Taylor Adway played all of Saturday’s game against Kaneland with a grimace on his face, obviously in pain.
He was still very effective, finishing with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in the Hawks’ 81-60 win over the host Knights at the Kaneland Shootout in Maple Park.
Turns out the knee issue isn’t serious, in fact it may be more dangerous for the rest of the area than for Adway.
“Hopefully it just means I’m growing again,” said Adway, who is already 6-foot-8. “Usually when my knees hurt like that it means I’m going to grow.”
Hillcrest (17-6) led 56-44 at the half and Kaneland (13-8) was unable to mount any kind of a challenge in the second half. The game was called tightly, resulting in absolutely no kind of flow or rhythm. The teams combined for 61 free throws.
“We didn’t let that get to us,” Adway said. “We came out slow just because of last night (clinching the conference title with a win over Oak Forest). If it wasn’t for that I think we would have handled them easier, no disrespect to Kaneland. They are a solid team.”
Deangelo Isby scored 22 and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who started the season ranked throughout the area, but fell out quickly and have not returned. Turns out expectations are still high in Country Club Hills.
“Totally,” Isby said. “Our goal is to win the state title, no doubt.”
“The sky is the limit for this team,” Hillcrest coach Don Houston said. “If we play as well as we can we can go really far.”
Junior George McDaniel added 11 points for the Hawks. Senior John Pruett led Kaneland with 18 points and nine rebounds. Tyler Carlson added 13 and Dylan Vaca finished with 12.
Hillcrest, led by Adway and Isby, outrebounded Kaneland 41-23.