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He certainly provided a spark Friday. Bastian scored 13 points, and the Tigers rode that and stellar defense to a 41-29 win over short-handed St. Charles North, handing the North Stars their first DuKane Conference loss.
"We take every game the same way, but this game...we knew they hadn't lost in conference," said Bastian, who was 3-for-4 on 3-pointers. "We knew this was a big game for us. And, [we] thought we could start turning some heads if we beat them."
Bastian has turned heads at times. Memorably, he hit a buzzer-beater for the Tigers against Metamora in a tournament game at Christmas.
"Ben has hit some big shots for us," Tigers coach Michael Healy said. "We've started to shoot the ball a little bit better in the last seven or eight games, and Ben [has] been a big part of that."
"I think that as he shot better, other guys, there's just a little bit of a confidence once somebody makes one or two."