[Sandy Bressner - firstname.lastname@example.org]
The Bulldogs trailed by six early in the fourth quarter, but rallied back to eventually tie the North Stars 43-43 on Ethan Neibch's three-pointer with 5:10 remaining. After Luke Scheffers hit a pair of free throws for North, Johnson stormed back with a layup and converted the three-point play for a one-point Batavia lead.
North Stars forward Connor Linke hit a pair of major buckets – plus later had a huge block on Marko Yager – to preserve the North Stars lead, which grew to 49-46 with 1:47 left.
Johnson then hit a pair of free throws 28 seconds later to pull within one. Lucas Heflen, who had a solid third quarter by scoring eight of his 13 points for North, missed a crucial free throw shortly after.