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Forced to then foul with time running out, the Reapers caught a break as Christian Bedecker missed both shots of a double bonus. The Reapers attempted a driving shot the other way, but it rimmed out and Grant Mascal secured his game-high 13th rebound for the Bulldogs just before the buzzer sounded.
“We just have to be better,” Kee said. “We have to be able to execute and find a way to win these close games.”
Streator (8-11, 4-2) received a fearless performance from Benning, who scored 31 points, easily eclipsing his previous best of 22 points. The 6-foot-1 junior took a blow to the face in the first half, but returned with his nose bandaged after his blood was wiped off the gym floor. Benning scored all 16 of his team’s points when Streator jumped to a 16-10 lead after one quarter.