One of the best seasons in Auburn boys basketball history came to an end Friday night. The Knights fell to Chicago Curie in the State Semifinals 55-53.
This is just the second time in program history that the team made it this far, and they looked the part for the most of the first quarter.
Missed shots, and turnovers lead to the Knights trailing 15-0 in the opening quarter. Auburn didn’t score it’s first points until about one minute left in the first. They trailed 17-5 at the end of the quarter.
The Knights offense picked up in the second quarter. Auburn outscored Curie 14-9 trimming the lead down to five at the half.
Auburn jumped on Curie in the third quarter. They led by as much as six points, but ended the third with just a one point lead, 38-37.
The forth quarter was a game of back and forth. But in the end it was Auburn’s own doing that led to their fall. The Knights shot just 14% from three point land, and missed 11 free throws.
Curie’s Elijah Joiner, who led the team with 22 points, knocked down a corner three with just over a minute left that gave Curie a four-point lead, and eventually the win.
Despite falling short of the State Championship Game the Auburn Knights put together one of the most exciting seasons in school history. After graduating all five starters from a season ago no one knew what to expect from this team this season. Now these young men have cemented their very own legacy.