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York pulls away from LT down stretch to win regional

ADDISON – It would be understandable if members of the Lyons Township boys basketball team cringe when they think of York.

The Dukes beat the Lions 69-57 Friday night at Addison Trail to win their second straight regional title and eliminate LT from the playoffs for the second straight year.

It was York's fourth win over the Lions this season. The Dukes, the top seed in the Bartlett sectional, have seven wins over LT, the No. 8 seed, in the past two years and have won nine in a row against their conference rivals.

"We've been battling this whole year, especially with LT," said York senior Frank Toohey, who scored a team-high 24 points. "These games tend to be pretty physical. We were ready for it and I think we handled it pretty well."

York (25-5), which will play Morton in a sectional semifinal Tuesday, led by as many as nine in the second half, but the Lions clawed back into the game at 58-57 with 3:05 remaining. LT (17-11) never scored again and the Dukes finished the game on an 11-0 run.

Toohey made nine of 10 free throws in the final two minutes of the game.

"We had a couple of good looks that didn't fall," LT coach Tom Sloan said. "They made some free throws. York did what they needed to do to finish it off."

LT led 23-19 in the second quarter, but the Dukes went on an 11-1 run and led 36-31 at halftime. They led the rest of the game.

"It's not easy to win a 4A regional," York coach Vince Doran said. "Today is extremely difficult. I don't care what seed you are, it's always going to be tough. There's so many good teams out there."

Tuesday's game against Morton will be a rematch of a game the Mustangs won 81-57 on Feb. 26 in Cicero.

"We'll be excited," Toohey said. "We got to get back at them."

Harrison Niego led LT with 26 points and Jim Cullen added 10. In addition to Toohey, three other Dukes scored in double figures: Stanley Roberts (15 points), Jayvon Thomas (13) and Charlie Rose (12).

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