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Romeoville senior guard Jimmy Moon hit the first seven of his 12 three-pointers attempts and finished with a game-high 29 points leading Romeoville to a 49-37 victory over visiting Kennedy Friday night.
Moon’s shooting was impressive throughout the game as he connected on 9-of-15 shots from the floor. Teammate James Boyd also chipped-in nine points for Romeoville (4-11).
“When I hit the first three, I knew I was going to have a good game,” Moon said. “My teammates did a good job of delivering me the ball when I was open.”
Rob Walus led the Crusaders with 11 points while teammate Hamza Hasan added ten.
“Thank goodness for Jimmy (Moon) because overall we were pretty disappointed with the way we played tonight,” Romeoville coach Jeff Bambule said. “Give them (Kennedy) credit because they came out and played hard and handled our pressure.
After both teams shook off early shooting woes, Moon’s third consecutive three-pointer extended the Romeoville lead to 11-6 with 1:25 left in the opening quarter.
“If I’m open I want the ball, but I’m more than willing to get others the ball for a better shot,” Moon said.
Kennedy (7-6) battled back and was able to tie the game at 16-16 when Walus connected on a three-pointer with less than thirty seconds left in the half.
Moon was the story in the second half as he connected on four straight three’s during the first four minutes in the third quarter, with his fourth giving the Spartans their biggest lead in the game at 30-20 with 4:12 remaining. Moon would go on to score all 16 points in the quarter for Romeoville who led 32-27 after three.
The Crusaders got as close as 36-32 after a Hasan layup with 5:01 left in the game but Moon would hit 4 of 4 free-throws in the final minute to preserve the Spartans win.
“We tried to overplay him (Moon) and some bad defensive plays allowed him to get open,” Kennedy coach Kurt Kerrigan said.