AURORA – The St. Charles North boys basketball team committed three turnovers in the final minute of the first half Thursday, helping ignite a key run for Metea Valley in a 62-53 loss in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover.
North (16-10) was tied at 36-all with the Mustangs before the surge.
“We got off to a very good start and had a letdown right before the half,” North Stars coach Tom Poulin said. “The kids played really hard. The effort was there. There just were a few too many mental mistakes, and Metea is too good to do that against.”
Quinten Payne scored 13 points to pace North. Alec Goetz (11 points) and Kyle Swanson (10) joined Payne in double figures.
North is set to begin play in the Class 4A postseason with an opening-round game against the host team at the South Elgin Regional on Monday. A North Stars victory would set up a fourth meeting with crosstown rival St. Charles East in Tuesday’s regional semifinal.
North lost the first two games against East – including one in overtime – before rebounding for a 62-49 home win Feb. 2.
Montini 60, Marmion 50: At Lombard, Marmion (10-17) lost in Suburban Christian Conference play.