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SLITHERING IN – Fieldcrest’s Jaxon Cusac-McKay glides toward the basket while being defended by Jack Weber of El Paso-Gridley. Behind 19 points from the freshman, the Knights downed the regional host Titans 49-40 in Friday’s championship game (For the Journal/TNT Photo).

EL PASO - While neither squad scorched the nets, Fieldcrest did enough offensively to turn back El Paso-Gridley 49-40 in Friday evening's regional final at the Titan Center.

The Knights (19-10) received 19 points from point guard Jaxon Cusac-McKay, as the freshman was responsible for 13 of the team's 14 points in the third quarter.

"Jaxon's a phenomenal point guard. Jaxon's a heck of a player," stated Knights' coach Matt Winkler. "I cannot wait to coach him for the next three years."

Ryan Naas also ended up in double figures with 11 points, as Fieldcrest won their sixth consecutive game. Jack Weber's 11 points paced the Titans (16-13).

Fieldcrest led by a dozen at 18-6 in the first half, but EP-G rallied to get within 37-34 with just over three minutes remaining.

Ultimately, the hosts could not overcome a freezing start of one of 12 shooting.

"I thought we put guys in good position to shoot and they just did not go in," said Titans' coach Nathaniel Meiss.

Fieldcrest advances to the Clifton Central Sectional for a 7 p.m. Wednesday tip with Corliss (21-4) out of the Chicago Public League. The Trojans eliminated CPL foe Harlan 78-61 in the Carver Military Academy final. Sectional action starts Tuesday at 7 p.m. when Momence (23-4) meets Seneca (18-12). Momence eliminated host Watseka 65-61 Saturday night in a game held in Onarga due to flooding in the Vermilion County town, while the Irish tipped host Lisle 40-31 on Friday.

Notes: The regional title was the 12th in program history for the Knights and the fourth they've won at the TC. The others were in 2007, '08 and '10. Clay Wells sank 10 of 15 to advance in the three-point shootout.

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