Trojans Men's Basketball Team advances to Regional Tourney Championship

It was literally a close call for the Triton men's basketball team in Sunday's Region IV semifinal game against Prairie State College at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. The Trojans led 85-82 in the closing seconds before the Pioneers Desmond Trapp hit a shot at the buzzer that was originally called a three that appeared to send the game into overtime. However, after the officials huddled up, they ruled Trapp had his foot on the line and the Trojans escaped with an 85-84 win.

Triton (30-2) will play for the Region IV District B championship against tournament host Waubonsee (24-8) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Chiefs rallied from 10 points down in the 2nd half to knock off Illinois Valley 74-67 in their semifinal contest. Saturday's winner advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Tournament in Danville, IL.

Triton’s game was close throughout with nine ties and 15 lead changes as the Trojans led 41-39 at halftime. Triton used a 13-0 run to open up an 11-point lead midway through the second half. But 12 three-point field goals got Prairie State back in the game to set up the chaotic finish.

Adrian Deere (Warren) led the Trojans with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field including three from long range. Dante Thorpe (Washington D.C.) finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. Deonta Terrell (Farragut) had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Johnny Fox (Hales Franciscan) added 13 points, six rebounds and blocked four shots. Matt Johnson (Stevenson) chipped in 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.

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