Boys Basketball: Huntley Red Raiders vs. Dundee-Crown Chargers
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
Broadcast Dates/Times: Sunday, Feb. 10, Noon and 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., on CN100.
Where: Dundee-Crown High School, 1500 Kings Rd., Carpentersville.
Records (as of 2/4/13): Huntley (14-6 overall, 8-0 Fox Valley Valley); Dundee-Crown (15-5 overall, 6-2 Fox Valley Valley).
Key players: Huntley: Amanze Egekeze, Jr. F; Zach Gorney, Jr. F; Bryce Only, Sr. G; Jake Wagner, Sr. G. Dundee-Crown: Dylan Kissack, Sr. F; Brandon Rodriguez, Sr. G.
Fast Facts: Huntley is in position to win the Fox Valley Valley despite a rash of injuries that have disrupted the season. Egekeze is getting Division I offers from the likes of DePaul, Loyola, Toledo, Indiana State and Wright State, but has played only seven games after surgery for patella tendinitis in his knee. Only will go down as one of the best athletes to ever play sports at Huntley. A four-year starter in both baseball and basketball, he is headed to Nebraska on a baseball scholarship. Wagner leads a balanced scoring attack with 10.7 points per game, including a school-record nine three-pointers against Prairie Ridge earlier this season. The Chargers need a win to stay in the conference race. Kissack and Rodriguez are two of the best players in the conference and concern Manning. The other thing Manning points to is the raucous student section at Dundee-Crown that makes it one of the toughest venues in the FVC.
Quotable: “This week will be the first week we have our entire team healthy,” Huntley coach Marty Manning said. “Amanze missed the first half of the season because of surgery and then we’ve had two other starters out at various times because of broken fingers and sprained ankles. We’re starting to play better, but still haven’t fully meshed on the offensive end of the floor because our rotations continue to be disrupted by injuries.”
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