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The E-Rabs had prepared well for Geneva's style of play, pointing to their experience at the Wheaton Warrenville South MLK tournament and matchups against York and Benet paying off.
"We knew that down the line, we were going to see [that style] at some point in the postseason. It did help us [tonight]," Rockford East coach Roy Sackmaster said.
Geneva still led by five with 6:20 left in the third quarter, but Rockford East's Sha'Den Clanton hit a pair of free throws and a layup to close within one. Mascari followed with a layup, but an E-Rab three-pointer tied it at 39-39.
Then, Rockford East's Chris Burnell buried a three with 1:21 left in the third quarter to take the E-Rab's first lead since the opening minutes of the game.
They'd never let it go.