ALGONQUIN – Waubonsie Valley had led for most of its four previous games in the Hinkle Holiday Classic, but it had to make a come-from-behind effort in the championship game. However, the comeback came just short as Cary-Grove defeated the Warriors 55-50 to take the title game in Algonquin on Saturday night.
The Warriors were down 35-22 at the half, but Eric Cannon and Caymen Woods stepped up in the third quarter. Cannon hit four three-pointers and Woods hit three baskets to bring Waubonsie to a tie ball game. In the end, Cary-Grove was too much, pulling ahead in the final two minutes.
Nikhil Khanna finished with 13 points. Cannon ended with 12 points, all of which came in the second half. Marcus Skeete and Woods each finished with 7 points.
Overall, the Warriors finished 4-1 in the holiday tournament. Skeete and Cannon were selected for the all-tournament team.
The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for the Warriors. Waubonsie is now 12-2 on the year and travels to Moline on January 5 to take on Rock Island before returning to DuPage Valley Conference action at Metea Valley on January 11.