PEORIA -- The St. Teresa Bulldogs will bring their first state trophy home to Decatur, though not the one they wanted, following a 53-47 loss to Chicago-Uplift in the 2A state final.
The Titans seized control with a run early in the 3rd quarter, thanks in part to some hot shooting by Jeremy Roscoe, who finished with 11 points. Roscoe and Daniel Soetan (13 pts) led the charge as the Titans won their first state championship.
The bread and butter of Uplift were fast break points -- a stat in which they led the Bulldogs 15-2 in the game.
It was the final effort for St. Teresa senior Christian Williams, who scored 15 points to lead the team.
A key stretch early, however, came with Williams on the bench. He was called for a charge early in the 2nd quarter -- his 3rd foul -- and he sat on the bench for the rest of the half.
During that stretch, St. Teresa outscored Uplift 15-11, to take a 25-21 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Bulldogs went cold, shooting 0-of-10 from 3PT. Meanwhile, Uplift shot 11-of-22 (50%) in the second half, including 3-of-7 (42.9%) from 3PT.
For St. Teresa, JD Mattingly and Rashan Smith each had 9 points. Patrick Althoff added 8 points and 3 steals.
The Bulldogs finished the season with a 28-5 overall record.