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Hales Franciscan Beats Murphysboro for 2A Title
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Aaric Armstead had 18 points, Eddie Alcantara 15 and Aaron Armstead 12 as Hales Franciscan won the Class 2A championship 61-47 over Murphysboro on Saturday night.

The score was tight throughout most of the game, but the Spartans began pulling away early in the fourth quarter. Up seven to start the frame, the Spartans (29-4) pushed the lead to 12 on a jumper by Jerry Humphrey, a dunk by Aaric Armstead and a tip-in by Dominique Walls with about five minutes to go.

Murphysboro pulled to within eight twice after but could never get any closer.

Orlando Jarrett had 16 points and Pierre House 11 for Murphysboro (35-1) but leading scorer Jerrod Gaston was held seven points, less than half of his 15.6 season scoring average.

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