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St. Francis boys basketball pulls away from Aurora Central Catholic

AURORA – The St. Francis boys basketball team rolled to a 53-39 victory Friday night against Suburban Christian Conference foe Aurora Central Catholic.

St. Francis (6-5, 3-1) never trailed the entire game after Zach Prociuk scored on the Spartans’ first offensive possession of the game.

Aurora Central Catholic (1-11) was able to hang tough with the Spartans throughout the course of the first half, and kept within striking distance heading into halftime, down 26-22.

However, St. Francis turned things around in a big way in the second half, extending its lead to 13 by the end of the third quarter.

St. Francis forward Adam Hart, who grabbed 13 rebounds, said a greater focus from his teammates after halftime.

“We just came out more mentally prepared in the second half,” Hart said. “We were more focused and also being able to outrebound them, both offensively and defensively, was a key to being able to pull away late in the [third] quarter.”

St. Francis coach Bob Ward was impressed with several aspects of his team’s play.

“Defensively, we got better as the game went on,” Ward said. “We did a great job guarding their shooters. They shoot the 3-pointer so well, but we did a good job getting hands in the faces of their shooters. Inside scoring was also a big factor.”

Prociuk led the Spartans with 15 points while post players Kilian Brown and Hart scored 11 and nine points respectively.

St. Francis’ defense held ACC to 2 of 14 on 3-point shooting.

ACC featured a balanced scoring attack with 10 different players finding the scoring column. The Chargers were led by Brett Czerak and Nick Faltz, who both scored seven points.

Senior center Sean Anger made his season debut for the Chargers after recovering from a broken collarbone.

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