Benet's boys basketball team needed one play in the final two minutes to pull out Saturday's game against DePaul College Prep.
The Redwings just couldn't make it.
DePaul Prep rallied for a 35-34 nonconference victory in Lisle when sophomore Lance Mosley knocked down a baseline 3-pointer with four seconds left to give DePaul Prep its first lead since the opening two minutes of the game.
Benet (5-1) had a final shot to win, but Colin Crothers' short jumper went off the mark to end the game.
"It was very tough," Mosley said. "They're a very competitive, hardworking team. We had to work harder to get the 'W.' We had to stay consistent throughout the game, and it showed at the end."
Benet built its largest lead of 30-21 with 3:38 left on a basket by David Buh, who scored 10 points while guarding standout Rams junior Perry Cowan. Crothers, who led all scorers with 15 points, added a pair of baskets to keep the Redwings ahead 34-27 with 1:59 remaining, but nothing went right for Benet the rest of the game.
DePaul Prep scored the game's final 8 points and forced a pair of big turnovers. Benet missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 18 seconds left -- its only free-throw attempt of the game -- leading to Mosley's game-winner at the other end.
"We lost our poise a little bit at the end of the game," said Benet coach Gene Heidkamp. "I don't think there's any question about that. We needed to make one play, and I think we had seven or eight opportunities, and we weren't able to make the one play on either end of the floor.
"We need to learn from this, and next time we're in this situation we need to shut the door," he said. "It's a painful lesson, but it's something we can learn from."
Cowan scored 10 points to lead DePaul Prep while Raheem Anthony scored 7 of his 9 points from the line. Buh knocked down a pair of long 3-pointers and scored 10 points.
"When we turned them over a little bit it gave us some confidence," said Rams coach Tom Kleinschmidt. "And the ball seems to go in a little bit when you've got confidence."
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