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St. Charles hoops teams showing toughness

Reslience is one of the best qualities any team can show, and the St. Charles East and St. Charles North boys basketball teams both demonstrated that in a big way on Friday.

The Saints won on a halfcourt heave from Dom Adduci at the Proviso tourney. Cool deal for Dom and the boys, but theatrics aside, Sly is impressed that the Saints were even in position to win the game against a pretty good team without Kendall Stephens.

Stephens' availability is again a question mark after he reinjured his shoulder on Thursday, and East had to soldier on without him against Glenbard East. Credit the Saints for bucking up and making it clear they're a lot more than a one-man band.

Advancing to Saturday at Proviso is no joke, and doing it without your best player is a big-time accomplishment.

An hour and a half to the south, meanwhile, St. Charles North also showed it knows a little something about picking itself off the mat.

The North Stars got worked over by West Aurora on Friday afternoon in a second-round game and had to turn around and play a dangerous Peoria Manual team in the nightcap for the right to play on the final day of the tournament on Saturday.

North wiped away a five-point halftime deficit and knocked off Manual by three points to pick up a second W at Pontiac, thanks to a monster night for Quinten Payne.

For East and North to both be doing damage at the state's most tradition-rich Christmas tournaments is quite a feat.

That takes more than talent. It takes toughness, and resilience.

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