Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

King Shows Jr. Bills Why It Wears a Crown

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

King Shows Jr. Bills Why It Wears a Crown

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The King High Jaguars of Chicago haven't lost their punch, and the St. Louis University High Junior Billikens didn't lose their dignity.

King, an Illinois Class AA basketball power, showed speed and quickness Saturday as it posted a 66-39 victory over SLUH before a sparse crowd at the Washington University Field House.

King (8-0) is the top-rated team in Chicago, but SLUH (2-4) scored a moral victory, despite playing without injured starters Joe McAuliffe and David Ries.

SLUH's only lead came when guard Doug Fichter sank a 3-pointer to open the scoring. SLUH never trailed King by more than 10 points though three quarters. The Junior Bills pulled to 37-35 on a 3-pointer by guard John Klevorn with 4 minutes 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter, but King closed the quarter with a 9-1 run for a 46-36 lead.

In the fourth quarter, King mopped up on the exhausted Junior Bills, outscoring them 20-3.

"We played a team about as hard as you can play anyone," SLUH coach Don Maurer said. …

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