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Boys Basketball vs. St. Francis

The University School boys’ basketball team concluded the regular season by losing to St. Francis 67-64 in a Midwest Classic Conference game on Thursday, February 27th  at St. Francis High School.

It was a close game throughout.  The fans who witnessed the excitement saw plenty of back and forth action with a variety of plays, breakaways, layups, and particularly three-point shots. The Wildcats sank 15 three pointers in the game, 8 by Greg Farrow, 5 by Jacob Gold and 1 each by Chris Powell and Zadan Mason.  Isaiah Stricklen made 2 three pointers for the Mariners while Isaiah Duncan and Roberto Hernandez each made 1.

In the first half the lead switched hands 7 different times, and it ended with the Mariners leading their visitors by just 1 point at 31-30.

The second half was no different.  In it, the teams were tied 6 different times and the lead switched teams 12 different times.  As the game progressed it became clear that it was likely to go down to the final buzzer.

With three minutes remaining, Farrow sank one of his three-point shots to tie the game at 58-58.  The Mariners then scored 6 straight points to take a 64-58 lead.  Farrow drew USM closer with another three-point completion, but the Wildcats were not able to get any closer.  St. Francis went further ahead on free throws and secured the victory.

Farrow led the Wildcats in scoring.  He scored 31 points; Gold scored 17 points; Kai Bartl scored 8 points; Powell scored 5 points; and Mason scored 3 points for USM.

USM ended the regular season at 10-12 and finished with a 9-6 record in the Midwest Classic Conference.  The Wildcats move on to compete in the WIAA Division 3 state tournament.  They begin the playoffs against Saint Anthony in an opening round Regional game in the Sectional 4 competition.  The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3rd  at USM.


Score by Half              1          2          Final

USM                            30        34          64

StF                               31        36          67


USM Scoring Leaders:

Greg Farrow: FG 2 pt 3; 3 pt 8; FTM 1; FTA 2; TP 31;

Jacob Gold: FG 2 pt 1; 3 pt 5; FTM 0; FTA 0; TP 17.