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|Breese Central Wins IHSA Class 2A Championship
|PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Brandon Book scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Nick Grapperhaus made four free throws to help Breese Central hold off Normal University, 53-47, to win the IHSA Class 2A boys basketball championship.
Book led a second-half charge by the Cougars that saw them erase a five-point halftime deficit with a 22-9 run throughout the third quarter and into the fourth. Trailing 22-17 at half, Book scored 13 of his team's points in the run, leaving Breese Central up 39-31 midway through the final period.
Austin Rickhoff scored seven points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Grapperhaus finished with seven points and four rebounds for the Cougars (34-1).
Mitch Stycznski scored 10 to lead Normal University (28-5). Kyle Morris chipped in nine points, Nick Schroeder eight and Keita Bates-Diop ended with seven points and nine rebounds.
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