Hales Franciscan Defeats Two Unbeaten Teams En Route To Class 2A Title

Aaric and Aaron Armstead combined for 30 of Hales Franciscan of Chicago's 61 points, leading them to a 61-47 victory over previously unbeaten Murphysboro Saturday evening in Peoria.

Junior swing man Eddie Alcantara also contributed 15 points and nine rebounds on 7-12 shooting for Hales Franciscan.

After being outscored in the first and trailing by as many as five points, Hales Franciscan outscored Murphysboro by six in the second to head into halftime up by five.

Murphysboro kept the game close through three, but Hales Franciscan proved too strong down the stretch opening up a lead in the fourth quarter. Down the stretch, Murphysboro never came within eight points of the lead.

Orlando Jarrett led Murphysboro with 16 points in the losing effort.

The only other double-digit scorer for Murphysboro was Pierre House with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Neither school is new to the final four as this was Hales Franciscan's sixth trip to the final four.

For Murphysboro, the final four marked the school's fourth trip to the final four and first in nearly 30 years.

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