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Reed-Custers Jesse Kerr (44) looks to pass as he is pressured by Bishop McNamaras Mitch O’Brien (3) and Tyshawn Willis (10) during the IHSA 2A Regionals in Braidwood, Friday February, 22, 2013.| Ray Luna ~ For Sun-Times Media
Just when things were looking up for host Reed-Custer during its Class 2A regional championship game against Bishop McNamara Friday, it all went terribly wrong.
Reed-Custer’s Tyler Schoonover buried a half-court shot as the first-quarter buzzer sounded.
It preceded a 29-2 Bishop McNamara run, which paved the way for a 100-54 victory.
Top-seeded Bishop McNamara (19-10) won its second straight regional title and advanced to face St. Joseph-Ogden in a Tolono-Unity sectional semifinal Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. No. 3 seed Reed-Custer ended the season 9-21.
“Did you get the number of that truck?” Reed-Custer coach Mark Porter said. “I’m not going to make a prediction or anything like that, but they are going to go a long way. You can look up at the scoreboard and see that.”
Bishop McNamara scored the first 13 points of the game. Connor Anderson’s three-pointer finally started the scoring for the Comets with 2:45 to play in the first quarter.
Schoonover’s half-court heave cut the Irish lead to 17-11 after eight minutes. Bishop McNamara left no doubt in the second quarter, outscoring Reed-Custer 29-5 to take a 46-16 lead at the break. Bishop McNamara’s lead was 71-29 after three quarters.
Eric Robinson, one of nine seniors on the Reed-Custer roster, led the Comets with 10 points.