The Bureau Valley 2A sectional got off to a bang Tuesday with an overtime thriller between Elmhurst Immaculate Conception and Winnebago.
When the smoke cleared, EIC walked away with a 65-63 win over the Indians. A final shot by Winnebago’s Ryan Swigart (19 points) rolled around the rim and out as time expired.
“He got the shot we wanted; he shoots that thing real well, and it almost always rolls in for us,” Winnebago coach Joe Murphy told the Rockford Register Star. “But, it just didn’t want to fall this time. They all sting; they all sting for awhile. These, these especially hurt.”
Elmhurst-IC coach T.J. Tyrrell said his team showed great resiliency.
“Winnebago is good, very good. But we didn’t come in intimidated. We told them to believe, believe, believe,” Tyrrell told the Register Star.
EIC (23-6) advances to Friday’s finals to play Wednesday’s semifinal winner between Seneca and Sterling Newman.
Clark Brinkman led EIC with 24 points, though he did not score in overtime before fouling out. DeLundre Dixon had 17 for Winnebago (24-6)
• 3A boys regionals: Top-seeded Mendota beat Rock Falls 60-48 in semifinal play Tuesday in the LaSalle-Peru 3A Regional. James Carroll carried the Trojans with 21 points with Mark Prescott adding 14 and Joe LaShonse 12.
“We showed some toughness early as Rock Falls came out on fire. We stuck to our game plan and eventually batted back,” Mendota coach Jan Thompson said. “It’s tough to beat a team three times, but our kids played with a lot of confidence. This just gets us closer to one of our goals.”
The Trojans (21-8) seek their second straight regional championship in 3A at 7 p.m. Friday against Dixon (21-6).
• 4A boys regional: Ottawa was bumped to 4A for the first time this year, but still drew the top seed at the Rock Island Regional. The season for the Pirates (22-2) came to an end Tuesday with a 72-62 loss at the hands of No. 5 East Moline. John Carroll led Ottawa with 24 points.
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