• Don Collins

Yorkville Escapes With Victory Over BBCHS

BRADLEY, Illinois -- “Survive and advance.” That statement by Yorkville head coach Mike Dunn following the 45-43 victory over Bradley-Bourbonnais on Mar. 5th sums up the mood this time of year for basketball players.

The two teams met to do battle in the regional game hosted on the Boilermakers home court and from the beginning, defense was the tone of the contest. The Foxes just simply kept BB from settling into their offensive sets and held a 17-7 lead midway through the second quarter as senior forward Zak Konecny matched the opposition in points.

After maintaining a double digit lead for most of the second half, the sense of urgency begins to shift following an Owen Freeman dunk towards the end of the third quarter. The Boilermakers close the gap to 5 and force a Yorkville timeout with 5:51 left in the game.

Photo taken by Arriah Battiste
BBCHS Freshman Owen Freeman Dunks in the third quarter

The climb continued into the home stretch as the foul game ensued and Bradley-Bourbonnais tried to capitalize. Despite a valiant effort from the home team, one where they took a 43-42 lead with under 30 seconds left, Yorkville’s Jack Fisher hit the dagger from the right wing to give his team the lead for good after a last second heave by BB’s Gabe Renchen hit the front rim.

Asked how it feels to get this win, Yorkville coach Mike Dunn uttered the iconic phrase of March basketball.

“Survive and advance,” Dunn said. “That’s what we talked about before the game. That shot looked pretty good to me when Renchen got that shot off, but I’m just so proud of our kids. Tough environment and we get a chance to play Friday night.”

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