PEOTONE - Fieldcrest stood toe to toe with a quicker and more athletic Chicago Corliss club in Friday evening's sectional final. However, the Trojans (19-8) emerged a 63-55 winner despite having to rally to do so.
The Knights (22-10) led by five at 33-28 midway through the third quarter. Corliss took a lasting advantage at 43-41 early in the fourth.
"We gave them everything they wanted," stated Fieldcrest coach Matt Winkler. "We battled and battled hard. Our guys did not leave anything in the locker room. They (Corliss) just made a couple more plays."
Six-foot-five wing Leondre Towsen's 20 points were a team-high for the Trojans, who knocked off the Knights en route to a sectional crown a season ago.
In his last game in a Fieldcrest uniform, Derek May poured in a game-high 24 points.
Notes: May finishes his career fourth on the program's scoring list with 1,339 points. Fieldcrest made 10 of 22 shots behind the three-point arc. Half of the 16 turnovers Corliss committed occurred in the second quarter.
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