LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mount Carmel got a scare but a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter allowed the Golden Aces to take a 56-43 victory over Red Hill in a semifinal contest at the IHSA Class 2A boys high school basketball regional.
The Salukis stayed close and led for a majority of time in the first half. Mount Carmel eventually captured the lead but only held a 32-30 advantage early in the fourth quarter after a drive and score from Drew Morse.
Then, the Aces used a 14-0 run to take a 46-30 lead. It all started with a basket inside from Jackson Marcotte. Austin Rager followed with a basket inside. Rager was also fouled and he connected on the free throw for a 37-30 lead.
Blake Golden followed moments later with a steal and a slam then, after another turnover by Red Hill, Bret Doan hit a layup for a 43-30 lead with 4:16 left in the game.
The run would come to an end but not before a 3 from Brayden Stipp to give the Aces a 46-30 lead with 3:56 to play.
Four players finished in double figures for the Aces led by the 15 points from Rager. Doan added 14 points after hitting four from behind the 3-point line.
Marcotte pitched in 12 points and Stipp added 10 points.
The Aces will face either Harrisburg or Robinson (played immediately after the Aces' game) Friday night in the championship game.
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