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March 5, 2011Genoa-Kingston High School
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GENOA - Rockford Christian coach Shane Bautch had to find Genoa-Kingston senior guard Bret Lucca and ask him a question.
"Did we back off?" Bautch asked about the second half after the Royal Lions defeated the Cogs, 63-50, in Friday's Class 2A Genoa-Kingston Sectional final. "Am I seeing something different?"
"No," was the simple response from Lucca.
The 14-16 Cogs gave undefeated Rockford Christian everything it could handle, but fell short in its quest to make further school history and advance to the super-sectional.
A second-half that belonged to the Cogs until the final minutes wasn't enough to erase a big first-half deficit.
The result in itself wasn't surprising. The imperfect team playing the perfect game wasn't going to happen.
Rockford Christian got to 30-0 on a binge diet of opponents' mistakes, as it did in the first half Friday when the Lions built a 13-point halftime lead on G-K's giveaways.
That the Cogs were even playing in Friday's game, much less making it a game in the fourth quarter against the Lions, is more than just a sense of pride for G-K.
This was the school's first sectional final ever in boys basketball.
You wouldn't have guessed it based on how G-K handled itself in the second half against the favorite for the 2A state title, staying within reach because of Lucca (23 points) and fellow senior Bryan Baumgarten (17).
"They were pulling them in our eye," Bautch said. "I'm telling you, those were not open shots. (Baumgarten) and (Lucca) are you kidding me?"
None of it mattered when the state tournament started and the Cogs were one of the final 16 teams in the state still playing on Friday.
Bautch credited Jenkins.