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Deerfield hangs on against Warren
Updated Mar 5, 2015 1:59 PM
All season long, Warren’s boys basketball team was in games until the end.That was the scenario again Wednesday night, as the Blue Devils tried to rally from a 9-point deficit in the final quarter. But No. 6 Deerfield held on for a 34-30 in the Class 4A Notre Dame regional semifinal in Niles.Deerfield (18-11) will take on No. 4 Notre Dame (25-4) for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday.Jake Falish led No. 12 Warren (15-15) with 12 points, dropping in four 3-pointers. Maurice Chambers added 8 points.“I love this team and they competed so hard to win,” Warren coach Ryan Webber said. “We worked our butts off and just fell short.”The Blue Devils trailed 33-24 with 5:40 remaining in the game. Chambers and Falish each hit a 3 to cut the Deerfield lead to 33-30 at the three-minute mark. Warren had an great shot to tie the game with a minute left but saw a three-point attempt go in and out of the basket.“I don’t know how that ball didn’t go in,” Webber said. “It found a way to come out. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”Joey Lane made a free throw with 11 seconds left to seal the game for Deerfield. Nick Zwart led the Warriors with 10 points and 10 rebounds.Vernon Hills 91, CICS/Northtown 30: At Ridgewood, Bo Manso scored 17 points and Lem Turner added a season-high 16, as the top-seeded Cougars cruised in their Class 3A regional opener.Vernon Hills (26-4) also received 13 points from Robby Nardini, 11 from Matt Weaver and 9 from Jacob Helfand. Manso, Nardini and Helfand each sank three 3-pointers.The Cougars will play No. 9 Antioch in Friday’s 7 p.m. regional final.Antioch 60, Ridgewood 55: At Ridgewood, Kyle Gofron scored 12 points, as the ninth-seeded Sequoits ousted the host/No. 8 seed.Antioch received 10 points apiece from Danny Brito and Matt Powers.The Sequoits will play No. 1 Vernon Hills for the regional title at 7 p.m. Friday.Palatine 74, Grayslake Central 60: At Cary-Grove, the 14th-seeded Rams dropped their Class 4A regional semifinal.Grayslake Central finishes its season at 14-14.Hersey 66, Cary-Grove 57: Hersey sophomore guard Joe Coffaro looks like an eighth grader toiling in a grammar school tournament.Coffaro doesn’t play like a grade-schooler.Connecting on six 3-pointers, the sophomore scored a game-high 26 points to propel the sixth-seeded Huskies to a 66-57 win over 11th-seeded Cary-Grove in semifinal action of the Class 4A Cary-Grove regional Wednesday night.Hersey will play Palatine for the regional title Friday at 7 p.m. The Pirates advanced with a 74-60 win over Grayslake Central.“He (Coffaro) was certainly the difference in the game,” said Cary-Grove coach Ralph Schuetzle. “We have seen him seven or eight times this season, and he probably averaged one or two 3s in those games.”Coffaro, who was 6 of 9 from beyond the arc, also made 6 of 8 from the free throw line.“Joe has been a consistent player for us all season,” said Hersey coach Steve Messer. “They were clogging up the lane so we did a good job inside-out, and our shooters had open looks. Joe was outstanding.”Coffaro gave his teammates credit.“They got me the ball in good position to shoot,” said Coffaro. “I shot with a lot of confidence tonight.”The Huskies (18-9) were able to finally get some breathing space from the pesky Trojans (16-12) in the fourth quarter.Holding a slim 43-41 lead after 3 quarters, Hersey started the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run.Zak Cooper, Max Heeren and Josh Mailloux each had baskets as Hersey led 49-41 with 6:18 left.The Trojans refused to quit and got to within 54-51 on a 15-footer by Jason Gregoire with 3:09 remaining.The Trojans couldn’t get any closer.
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