St. Francis boys basketball can’t pull out tight supersectional
DeKALB – The St. Francis boys basketball team entered the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s IHSA Class 3A NIU Supersectional plus-five in the turnover battle with Bartonville Limestone, and nursing a small lead.
But St. Francis committed six turnovers in the fourth quarter while Limestone handled the ball flawlessly, so it’s no coincidence that the game’s bottom-line statistic – the scoreboard – also went south on the Spartans. Limestone’s ability to frazzle St. Francis in crunch time allowed the Rockets to prevail, 55-50, and advance to the 3A state semifinals this weekend in Peoria.
“They definitely picked up the intensity on defense,” St. Francis senior Andrew Kimball said. “We just made some bad decisions. We weren’t thinking. We lost our composure, and when one or two happens, then you start overthinking, and then four and five come, and that can’t happen if you want to win.”
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