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St. Charles North nearly let a win slip away on senior night Friday. However, after squandering a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, the North Stars rallied in overtime to beat visiting Batavia 45-44 in Upstate Eight River action.
Senior Kyle Swanson led the North Stars with 13 points. His three-point play off a drive to basket with 47 seconds left in overtime put North up for good 42-39. He added a pair of free throws down the stretch to help seal the win.
“We were struggling to make baskets at that point,” said Swanson. “We needed a big play. The guy closed out on me and I was able to drive around him and get to the basket. It was off balance but luckily it went in. We really wanted to win this for all the seniors.”
North was in control most of the way and led 34-24 early in the fourth quarter before the wheels came off. The North Stars turned the ball over 13 times in the second half and shot just 4-of-14 from the field.
Batavia (9-11, 3-6) went on a 7-0 run at the end of regulation to tie the score at 37-37. The North Stars missed two shots in the final seconds of regulation.
“We have to close out games better than that moving forward,” said North coach Tom Poulin. “That was an ugly second half. We made a lot of mental mistakes that were uncharacteristic for us. Fortunately, we came away with the win, but hopefully we learned from something from this and will be a better team because of it.”
Quinten Payne added 11 points for the North Stars. Erik Miller came off the bench in the second half to provide a much needed offensive punch with nine points.”
“Erik is a kid who doesn’t always see a lot of extended playing time, but makes the most of his opportunities,” said Poulin. “He comes in the game and is a ball of energy. He made some big plays for us tonight.”
North hosts crosstown rival St. Charles East on Saturday.
Batavia, which trailed 15-6 after one quarter and 25-15 at the break, was led in scoring by Zach Strittmatter with 15 points.
“We had turnovers compounded by defensive lapses that put us in a hole early,” said Batavia coach Jim Nazos. “But turned it around 180 degrees in the second half to give us a chance.”