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Wheaton Academy boys basketball tops rival St. Francis

WEST CHICAGO – Wheaton Academy’s boys basketball team already had the Suburban Christian Conference Blue division title wrapped up before its regular-season finale Wednesday against visiting St. Francis.

But the Warriors still had some unfinished business to take care off, including exacting some revenge against a Spartans’ team that handed them their only conference loss of the season last month.

And with a 63-54 victory, mission accomplished for the Warriors (19-6, 9-1).

There were five lead changes in the first quarter, ending with Wheaton Academy ahead 13-9.

The start of the second quarter was delayed for several minutes after the Wheaton Academy student section left what appeared to be confetti on the court after a demonstration during the timeout between quarters.

St. Francis coach Bob Ward did not seem to be happy with the delay, engaging in an animated conversation with the officiating crew, most likely lobbying for a technical foul to be called on WheatonAcademy.

No technical was called.

After St. Francis (18-7. 5-5) cut the lead to 15-14 early in the second quarter, Wheaton Academy went on a 12-0 run to take a 27-14 lead. Josh Ruggles started the spurt with a 3, followed by two Ruggles free throws, two hoops by Gordon Behr, a free throw by Brandon Ruggles and a basket by Brandon Ruggles.

By the end of the half, Wheaton Academy led,29-17.

St. Francis cut the lead to 37-32 after threequarters, but was able to get any closer in the fourth.

Behr led Wheaton Academy with 18 points, CollinRoy had 16 and Josh Ruggles 11.

St. Francis was led by Andrew Kimball with 18.Matt Bonner and Tim Zettinger each scored 11.

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