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Dundee-Crown's Brandon Rodriguez takes a shot over Huntley's Amanze Egekeze during the first half at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville on Saturday, February 9, 2013. | Erik Anderson~For Sun-Times Media
Dundee-Crown halted Huntley’s 29-game Fox Valley Valley winning streak Saturday night, defeating the Red Raiders 47-38 in Carpentersville.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Dylan Kissack and Brandon Rodriguez gave Dundee-Crown the cushion it needed as the Chargers moved one game behind in the league standings.
Clinging to a 36-34 lead following a three-pointer from Huntley’s TJ Adams, the Chargers were in danger of coughing up the lead when a driving Cordero Parson found Kissack in the corner for a three-pointer.
“I knew that we needed a little answer, a little boost, and Cordero drove and drew my defender and when he kicked it out to me I was ready to fire,” said Kissack.
On the ensuing Red Raiders possession, Rodriguez came away with a steal and without hesitation drove down and drilled a huge three-pointer to give the Chargers control of the game.
“Big steal, big shot,” said Rodriguez. “We just wanted to take it to them. We gave it our all and played our hearts out. It’s been a long run but we finally beat them.”
Huntley (15-7, 9-1) could have wrapped up the FVC Valley title with a victory.
“We’ve had some real doozies with them the last few years. They do a great job and Marty does a great job coaching them and I was just really proud of our guys tonight. They did a great job executing,” said Dundee-Crown coach Lance Huber.
The Raiders now hold a one-game lead over the Chargers (17-5, 8-2) with two conference games remaining for each team.
The game was a dogfight from the get-go, as neither team held a lead of more than five points until the Chargers opened things up late. And open looks were hard to come by on both sides.
Huntley held a 17-15 lead heading into halftime and the Chargers took their first lead of the second half when Jack Buckley hit a layup to make it 25-24.
They built their lead to 36-31 and they wouldn’t trail the rest of the way, as the three-pointer from Adams cut the lead to two, but would be as close as the Raiders would get.
Kissack led the Chargers with 14 points and five rebounds, while Rodriguez had eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. JT Beasley added 11 points and six rebounds, and Parson chipped in six points.
Huntley was led offensively by 6-foot-7 Amanze Egekeze, who tallied 10 points and nine rebounds. Bryce Only and Tommy Regan added eight points each.
The Raiders shot just 15-of-44 (34.1 percent) from the floor on the night as they missed a number of easy baskets inside early on.
“Missed layups. Period,” said Huntley coach Marty Manning. “We missed 15 layups, and when you do that you don’t deserve to win. Defensively we played well enough to win, but unfortunately in the game of basketball you actually have to put the ball through the hoop.”
The Chargers have now won six straight since losing 45-38 to Huntley on Jan. 19, while the Raiders will look to start a new streak and lock up the conference title with games against Jacobs and Cary-Grove next week.