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MVK 7th-grade boys advance to Class 1A state semifinal

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The Mazon-Verona-Kinsman seventh-grade basketball team poses with its Class 1A regional plaque. The Mavericks have advanced to the state semifinals.[]

EAST PEORIA — The Mazon-Verona-Kinsman seventh-grade boys basketball team defeated West Lincoln-Broadwell, 40-37, in the IESA 1A state quarterfinal Saturday.

Evan Nelson and Dalton DeGrush each scored 10 points to lead MVK, while Bryce Roe scored nine, David Hatz scored six and Cade Litwiller added five. MVK trailed 18-13 at halftime and cut the lead to 27-25 entering the fourth quarter before outscoring West Lincoln 15-12 in the final quarter.

The Mavericks (16-8) will now play Washington St. Patrick at 5 p.m. in the semi final.