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Dundee-Crown's Dylan Kissack celebrates with fans after beating Hampshire on Friday in Capentersville. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
Dundee-Crown and Hampshire played to a draw for the first 15 minutes of Friday night’s Fox Valley crossover.
The last 17 minutes turned into a demolition.
Sparked by Jack Buckley’s half-court buzzer beater at the end of the second quarter, the host Chargers rode a wave of momentum throughout the second half and handed the Whip-Purs a demoralizing 61-35 beatdown in Carpentersville.
Dylan Kissack’s 16 points and five rebounds led the way for Dundee-Crown (19-7), which outscored its District 300 foe 31-10 in the second half. The outcome marked the end of a five-game win streak for Hampshire (22-5).
“Hampshire is definitely a good team and we kind of took it to them in the second half,” Kissack said. “We worked really well together offensively and defensively.”
The score was tied at 25 when Brandon Rodriguez stepped to the line with 20 seconds left in the second quarter. After seven ties and four lead changes in the first half, little did anyone know his two free throws would give the Chargers the upper hand for good.
Tyler Crater missed a jumper with time winding down on the ensuing possession for the Whip-Purs. Kissack grabbed the rebound and tossed the ball to Buckley, who threw up a prayer from halfcourt that swished through the net as the buzzer sounded to give Dundee-Crown a 30-25 lead at the break.
Buckley’s shot seemed to open the floodgates for the Chargers, who ripped off 14 unanswered points at one point in the third quarter. Dundee-Crown enjoyed a 54-33 lead when Hampshire coach Bob Barnett emptied his bench halfway through the fourth quarter.
“(Buckley’s shot) was a big momentum lift,” Dundee-Crown coach Lance Huber said. “I don’t know what the totals were, but (Hampshire) just dominated us on the offensive glass in the first half. In the second half we did a better job on the glass and did a better job offensively getting shots in transition and in the paint.”
While Dundee-Crown could do no wrong in the second half, everything that could go wrong did for the Whip-Purs. They scored only four points in the fourth quarter and went 4-for-17 from the field after halftime.
Hampshire ran into significant foul trouble following the break as senior standout Crater picked up his fourth foul with 3:20 left in the third quarter. Crater scored only two of his team-high 12 points in the second half.
“It was a pretty physical game, and the next thing I knew I had four fouls,” Crater said. “(Dundee-Crown) shot the ball well. They had a lot of energy on their home floor and fed off that. We never really had a chance to get our crowd into it.”
Rodriguez contributed 12 points and JT Beasley added 11 for Dundee-Crown. Hampshire senior Shane Hernandez, who committed to Wisconsin-Whitewater on Thursday, finished with seven points and seven rebounds.
DUNDEE-CROWN 61, HAMPSHIRE 35
Crater 5 0-0 12, Hernandez 2 3-3 7, Dumoulin 3 0-0 6,Tuttle 2 0-0 4, Bridges 1 1-2 3, Cork 0 2-4 2, Diaz DeLeon 0 1-2 1, Barnas 0 0-1 0. Totals 13 7-12 35.
Kissack 7 0-1 16, Rodriguez 3 5-6 12, Beasley 4 2-3 11, Buckley 2 0-0 5, Muscat 2 0-0 4, Conley 1 2-2 4, Munson 1 0-0 3, Crenshaw 1 0-0 2, Parson 1 0-1 2, Watkins 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 9-13 61.
Hampshire 10 15 6 4 -- 35
Dundee-Crown 10 20 16 15 -- 61
Three-point goals -- Hampshire: 2 (Crater). D-C: 6 (Kissack 2, Beasley, Buckley, Munson, Rodriguez). Fouled out -- None.