After a heartbreaking three-point loss to Kishwaukee on the road Thursday night, the Sauk Valley Skyhawks faced the same fate Saturday at home.
This time, a two-point lead in the final 30 seconds turned into a 100-98 loss to Region IV rival Malcom X.
Sauk led by two with 30 seconds left, before a turnover led to a tying bucket by Malcolm X. Then, in the final 10 seconds, the Skyhawks missed a 5-footer and a 3-foot putback attempt that would have won the game … only to see Malcolm X convert those two misses into a wnning layup with 3 seconds to play.
"You just feel snakebit," Sauk coach Russ Damhoff said. "Again today, it's not like we played terrible; it's one or two plays against a talented ballclub. That last play was a killer … but even with three straight losses this week, I still think we're a lot better team than we were a week ago. Hopefully, we're tough enough to take this hit and overcome it."
John Murphy's 25 points paced Sauk (9-8), while Chris Fritsch added 22 points and nine rebounds. Jacob Posely scored 14, Chris Stovall dished 13 assists, and Jeff Casseus, in his first game of the season, finished with 10 points and nine boards.
Jovany Austin and Will Martinez scored 26 points apiece for Malcolm X, and Montrice McKnight added 20.
Sauk Valley 66, Malcolm X 53: Morgan Dean and Aleena Hammelman both recorded double-doubles, and the Skyhawks rallied from a one-point halftime deficit to win a Region IV matchup in Dixon.
Dean finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Hammelman stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, 15 boards, three assists and two steals. Sheldeen Joseph added 15 points for Sauk (12-3), while Autumn Smith and Jordan Giddings each scored nine; Smith also pulled down six rebounds.
Milledgeville 53, Oregon 28: The Missiles avenged one of their two losses on the season with some stellar defense and a balanced offense at the Manny's Shootout.
Milledgeville (13-2) led 28-16 by halftime, and kept pulling away in the second half. Zach Herin's 16 points paced the Missiles, while Jordan Harris added 12 points, three steals and two blocks, and Kameron DawTyne had 10 points and nine boards. Caleb Skoog chipped in nine points and 12 rebounds.
Trevor Otten's 11 points led Oregon (4-13), and Jessie McKinley scored nine.
Aquin 77, West Carroll 52: The Thunder fell behind 22-4 after one quarter and never recovered at the Manny's Shootout.
Devon Hartley had 18 points on six 3-pointers, Brandon Sturtevant scored 15, and Trevor Jones added 11 for West Carroll (2-11), which hit 11 3s as a team. Aiden Chang finished with 19 points, and Anthony Townsend chipped in 18 for the Bulldogs (15-3).
South Beloit MLK tournament
Harvard 65, AFC 53: The Raiders were outscored 44-30 in the second and third quarters of a loss in South Beloit.
Troy Mairs had 14 points, and Matt Gendusa and Kevin Kurz scored nine each for AFC (6-9). Justin Nolen poured in 26 points for the Hornets.
AFC 76, South Beloit 62: The Raiders bounced back in their second game of the day, scoring at least 18 points in each quarter against the host SoBos.
Bret Gittleson tossed in 24 points for AFC, while Bobby Larke added 13, and Matt Gendusa had 10. Chad Olson scored 21 for South Beloit (2-12).
Aquin 61, Polo 30: The Marcos trailed 24-8 after one quarter and 45-17 by halftime in an NUIC East loss at home.
KeeLey Meyer scored 18 points to pace Polo (1-15, 1-5). Haley Chang hit three of Aquin's 10 3-pointers and had 16 points for the Bulldogs (12-7, 8-0).
Forreston 34, Milledgeville 18: The Missiles scored four points or fewer in three different quarters of an NUIC East loss at home.
Courtney Swalve's five points led Milledgeville (5-14, 2-5). Rachel Walton had 16 points for Forreston (10-9, 4-2), playing in its second game of the day after a trip to the Manny's Shootout in Mount Carroll.
Forreston 38, West Carroll 29: The Thunder led 21-20 at halftime, but were outscored by the Cardinals 18-8 in the second half in the opening game of the Manny's Shootout.
Demi Hess led West Carroll (3-14) with 14 points. Rachel Walton scored 16 for Forreston (9-9), hitting four 3-pointers.
Bret Gittleson, AFC, 24 points in win over SoBos
Chris Fritsch, Sauk, 22 points, 9 rebounds
Devon Hartley, West Carroll, 18 points, 6 3s
KeeLey Meyer, Polo, 18 points
Morgan Dean, Sauk, 17 points, 12 rebounds
Demi Hess, West Carroll, 14 points
Kameron DawTyne, Milledgeville, 10 points, 9 rebounds