By Cameron Sullivan, Sports Editor
Late in the second quarter the Prospect Knights (7-9) were down 22-12. This was also the Schaumburg Saxons (16-3) biggest lead of the night, and the Knights were able to tie it up after scoring 10 unanswered points.
Sophomore Owen Schneider led this come back scoring four points and finished the game with 13 points. Also scoring was Senior Brian Dini who had a three pointer and scored five points by the end of the game.
To cap off this comeback junior Chase Larsen hit a late three pointer with just under 40 seconds remaining in the quarter. Larsen finished off the game with 14 points and was also the Knights leading scorer.
Unfortunately for the Knights, they were not able to finish out this game with a win as the Saxons came out victorious with a 55-52 win. Leading the scoring for the Saxons was Wisconsin commit, junior Chris Hodges. Hodges had a total of 15 points and even had a massive dunk about two minutes into the second quarter.
“It’s not about stopping [Hodges], but it’s about containing him, limiting him,” Knights head coach John Camardella said. “You got to credit their role players, their shooters come out and bang threes.”
Some of these players were Michael Hodges who had nine points, Joey Sturnio and Nick Labud who both had six points. The Saxons caught fire at the end of the game as all their threes started to fall and the Knights were not able to keep up.
Even though the Saxons caught heat, the Knights still had stellar defense as they came out in a zone look from the start and kept the Saxons locked down for most of the game.
“This is the beautiful chess match… it’s about adapting you want to impose the tempo that you want to play at.” Camardella said in an interview at halftime, after holding Chris to 10 first half points.
Aside from their defense, the Knights had some offensive success with three of their players scoring in double digits. These players were Larsen, Schneider and Matt Woloch who scored 12 points each.
“That’s what we need, we need those guys scoring at high volumes… that’s them all growing, all getting better.” Camardella said