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|Hillcrest Beats Richwoods for First State Title
|PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Country Club Hills Hillcrest stunned top-ranked Class 3A Peoria Richwoods 58-55 to win its first ever state championship.
Eric Gaines led the Hawks on Saturday with 18 points, while forward Nick Oden added 13 and guard Julius Brown scored 12 points. Herbert Offord grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
Mason Alwan paced Peoria with 16 points. Tylon Deal contributed 14 points and forward Tony Frazier scored 10. Both teams were looking for their first state championship.
Hillcrest's last appearance at the state tournament was in 2007. Richwoods finished second in Class 2A in 2006 and did not place in 2007.
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