Javell Moore seems to have Sycamore's number.
Yorkville's junior forward had the game-winning basket against the Spartans in January. This time, Moore scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter of the Foxes' 46-41 Northern Illinois Big 12 East win on Tuesday at Sycamore.
Moore also had a steal and big block that killed any late momentum Sycamore could generate.
“In the first half, shots weren’t falling. We got a couple good looks in the fourth quarter,” Yorkville coach Mike Dunn said. "They started playing zone and we ran a couple sets against them and got some layups, which was big for us.”
The teams traded baskets with no team leading by more than four points until late in the fourth quarter, when Yorkville (11-13, 4-6) pulled away behind Moore’s dominant late game performance.
Jordan Tolzien did his best to keep the Spartans close late, with two 3-pointers in the final 25 seconds, but Moore and the Foxes hit free throws late to close out the game. Jack Mizgalski led the Spartans (10-14, 3-9) with 13 points.
“It’s kind of the story of our season where the game is tight, and then we just don’t do enough to get a victory," Spartan coach Ryan Picolotti said. “Our kids played really hard tonight, they fought really hard. It’s just kind of the way its been.”
Keyshawn Stallworth dominated the first quarter scoring all eight Spartan points, but scored just two the rest of the game, fouling out in the final minute.
Logan Habada drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter to give Yorkville the lead for good.
"It was a typical tough nose grind of a game," Dunn said on playing the Spartans. "They’re tough. They run good stuff. We’re fortunate to come in here and get a win.”
Yorkville dropped a 40-34 loss to Plainfield Central on Feb. 11. Jake Eberhart and Moore scored nine points apiece.
Yorkville is back in action Friday at Morris.