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Morris falls to Sycamore, gets title share

Published: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 10:20 p.m. CST
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Sycamore's Mark Skelley aims for the hoop in the second quarter against Morris on Friday, February 28, 2014. Sycamore won, 60-30.
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Sycamore's Ben Niemann protects the ball in the second quarter against Morris on Friday, February 28, 2014. Sycamore won, 60-30.
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Sycamore's Daniel Evans shoots the ball in the fourth quarter against Morris on Friday, February 28, 2014. Sycamore won, 60-30.
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Sycamore's Daniel Evans takes aim in the second quarter against Morris on Friday, February 28, 2014. Sycamore won, 60-30.
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Sycamore's Mark Skelley shoots the ball in the second quarter against Morris on Friday, February 28, 2014. Sycamore won, 60-30.
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Sycamore's Ben Niemann eyes the hoop in the second quarter against Morris on Friday, February 28, 2014. Sycamore won, 60-30.
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Sycamore's Maxx Miller puts the ball up in the second quarter against Morris on Friday, February 28, 2014. Sycamore won, 60-30.
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Morris' Bradly Nicholson reaaches for a rebound in the third quarter against Sycamore on Friday, February 28, 2014. Morris lost, 60-30.

SYCAMORE – For 32 minutes Morris couldn’t figure out Sycamore’s 2-3 zone.The Redskins, bothered all night by Sycamore’s energy, shot only 2 of 19 from the 3-point line and trouble with turnovers in a 60-30 loss on the road.The Redskins, who finished the Northern Illinois Big 12 East schedule with a 7-3 record, shared the conference title with Kaneland and Sycamore. Kaneland beat DeKalb, 57-55, on Friday night to also claim a share of the championship.“They have so many shooters and run so many sets and execute so well offensively,” Sycamore coach Andrew Stacy said, “we thought [the 2-3 zone] could at least limit some of the things they want to do and these guys did a great job.”Morris started the game with four consecutive turnovers, but found some success getting the ball inside to David Kneller, who scored Morris’ first six points of the game. However, the Redskins’ carelessness with the ball continued. For the first half, Morris finished with barely more shots attempted (14) than turnovers (12). Sycamore took advantage even after leading scorer Devin Mottet picked up his second foul late in the first quarter. The Spartans started the second quarter on a 15-2 run, including two 3-pointers from Jake Winters and back-to-back driving layups from Ben Niemann and Mark Skelley. A putback from Niemann off his own miss increased Sycamore’s lead to 17 and the Spartans led, 27-14, at the half. The Spartans’ hot shooting continued in the second half as Sycamore knocked down another three 3-pointers in the third quarter, part of a 19-0 run over five minutes that stretched the Sycamore lead from 11 to 30.Morris was led by Kneller’s 10 points. Austin Patterson also had seven points in the loss.Morris will start postseason play on Tuesday in the Class 3A Prairie Central Regional semifinals against the winner of Monday’s matchup between Herscher and Prairie Central.

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