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Dundee-Crown shook off the rust from a nine-day layoff just in time to pull out a 52-50 Fox Valley Valley win over visiting Prairie Ridge on Tuesday night.
The Chargers overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half of their conference opener to improve to 10-3 on the season. Dylan Kissack, Cordero Parson and JT Beasley each had 10 points to lead D-C.
“I don’t think the time off affected us near as much as (Prairie Ridge’s) defense,” said D-C coach Lance Huber. “They pretty much outplayed us most of the night. We were very fortunate to come away with a win.”
D-C trailed 33-23 early in the third quarter before slowly starting to chip away at the Prairie Ridge lead.
Brandon Rodriguez, who battled foul trouble throughout, came up with a big steal and layup midway through the third quarter that ignited an 18-5 run and catapulted the Chargers into the lead.
Kissack tied the game at 42-42 with 6:05 left on a putback. Moments later, following a Wolves turnover, Beasley stopped in the lane and hit a pull-up jumper to put the Chargers on top 44-42 with 5:25 left to play.
D-C hit 10-of-12 free throws during the decisive run and forced 13 turnovers in the second half. After hitting six three-pointers in the first half Prairie Ridge was held to just 1 of 10 attempts in the second half.
“I thought our defense is what got us back in the game,” said Huber. “We were able to get some turnovers and turn them into points. And I thought we did a better job of contesting shots.”
Prairie Ridge (4-12) pulled to within 46-45 on a Michael Bradshaw three-pointer with 3:04 left, but Kissack answered right back with a three-pointer to give the Chargers a 49-45 cushion with just over two minutes to play. Beasley added three free throws down the stretch to help seal the win.
“We had a hard time getting on track,” said Kissack. “We were doing a lot of passing and standing in the first half. The second half we started cutting to the basket more and moved the ball around better.”