Wheaton Academy's boys basketball team came up a few points short of a regional title Friday, falling 59-56 to Sycamore in the championship game of the Class 3A Genoa-Kingston regional.
The game went into the fourth quarter with the scored tied at 45-45, but the Spartans got it done from the free throw line down the stretch, going a perfect 8-for-8 over the last eight minutes.
Gordon Behr and Josh Ruggles had 16 points apiece to lead the Warriors.
Wheaton Academy, which finished the season with a 20-9 record, advanced to the regional final after notching a come-from-behind 45-44 win over Burlington Central on March 5.
Trailing the entire contest, Christian Smith's basket with 16 seconds left turned out to be the game-winner, and Behr then blocked a shot with one second remaining to preserve the victory.
Behr finished with 15 points and Evan Williams also checked into double figures with 10 against Burlington Central.
An extended playoff run wasn't in the cards this year for the Spartans, who lost 73-57 to Suburban Christian conference foe Marmion in a semifinal game at the Class 3A Kaneland regional on March 5.
Kilian Brown topped St. Francis with 21 points, Jason Sullivan finished with 14 and Zach Prociuk added 12.
The two teams had split their two regular season meetings with the Spartans winning 46-42 on Dec. 6 before falling to the Cadets 59-53 on Jan. 24.
St. Francis finished the season with a 15-10 record.