St. Francis boys basketball wins 2OT thriller over Aurora Christian

Published: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 10:38 p.m. CDT

AURORA – The St. Francis boys basketball team won a double-overtime thriller on Saturday night, outlasting Aurora Christian, 77-74.

Zach Prociuk scored 24 points to pace the Spartans, while Jason Sullivan (17 points), Adam Hart (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Kilian Brown (15 points) also were in double figures for the Spartans.

Aurora Christian's Johnathan Harrell scored 20 points and sent the game to overtime with a 3-pointer at the end of regulation.

"In both overtimes, they played zone, so we held it," St. Francis coach Bob Ward said. "Our thought was we were going to try and shorten the game and we wanted the ball in our hands, so we got fouled and made free throws."

Aurora Christian led 30-23 at halftime; the game was tied 68-all going into OT.

"I thought we really kept our composure in both [overtimes]," Ward said, "We had some kids that stepped up and did a really nice job. We were kind of running on fumes. We had guys that played a lot of basketball tonight, so I was happy with their performance."

R.D. Lutze had 15 points and Wes Wolfe added 14 for Aurora Christian (3-3, 0-1 SCC Blue). St. Francis improves to 3-3 overall, 2-1 in SCC Blue play.

Wheaton Academy 77, Aurora Central Catholic 52: At West Chicago, Josh Ruggles scored 20 points on 4 of 5 shooting from 3-point land to help Wheaton Academy (6-2, 2-0 SCC Blue) rout the Chargers. Evan Schuetz scored 12 points for ACC.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Oswego Tournament: Batavia topped Naperville Central, 65-56, in the opening round of the tournament. Liza Fruendt (24 points), Hannah Frazier (18) and Bethany Orman (11) were in double figures for the Bulldogs (8-1).

St. Charles North 72, East Aurora 46: At Aurora, Nichole Davidson scored 23 points and Ashling Davern added 14 as North romped in UEC crossover action.

Aurora Christian 62, St. Francis 48: At Aurora, Kirsten Madsen scored 13 points and had four steals and Gabby Galtano added 12 points as Aurora Christian (7-3, 3-0 SCC Gold) prevailed. Reagan Sproat led the Spartans with 11 points.

GIRLS GYMNASTICS

Red Devil Invite: At Hinsdale, Geneva finished in first place in the nine-team invite, paced by a 1-2 finish in the all-around from Claire Rose Ginsberg (37.45) and Dominique Brognia (35.775). The Vikings' team score of 141.925 was more than 10 points better than runners-up Downers Grove South (131.475).

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