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Antioch Saturday, 1/19/13 Antioch's Tyler Innis (20) guards Richmond-Burton's Chris Vlasak (12) during the first quarter of Saturday evening's game. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media

Sooner or later, this thing is going to turn around for Antioch.

Right now, the operative word is “later,” which is still better than “much later.”

As an upbeat Sequoit coach Jim White pointed out after Saturday’s near-miss 52-43 loss at home to Richmond, Antioch’s sophomores are 9-6 with three losses to Zion-Benton and one to Warren. And the freshman team is having success, as well.

It’s just the varsity team that’s snakebitten right now.

Saturday’s loss dropped Antioch to 2-16, and it was a winnable game against Richmond-Burton (5-14).

Down 42-32 with 6:20 to go in the game, Antioch pulled within one point twice and had two three-balls hit iron while shooting for the tie at 46-43. But Richmond hit six free throws down the stretch and that was it.

“We are a team that never gives up until the end,” said White, whose team will be without starting point guard Anthony Formella (shoulder) the rest of the year. “We were right there with a few minutes to go. We just needed to knock down a shot or get a put-back, but it didn’t happen tonight

“We need to limit our turnovers (17 in the game) and hit our open looks. Give Richmond credit. Their press wore us out tonight.”

Tyler Innis had 13 points to lead Antioch.

Next up for the Sequoits is a Tuesday home game against North Suburban Conference Prairie Division power North Chicago.

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