The good news is, Larkin has much to look forward to
Mar 6, 2013 11:33 PM
It was as uncharacteristic as it was unsatisfying for the Larkin Royals. Mistakes, highlighted by 21 turnovers, led to Larkin's downfall in a 71-63 loss to Rockford Jefferson in a Class 4A DeKalb sectional semifinal Wednesday, thereby ending the program's best season since 2006. "The turnovers were extremely disappointing," Larkin coach Deryn Carter said. "We've got too good a group of guards for that ... I just don't think tonight was our night." It wasn't as though the Royals (23-6) were blown away by the J-Hawks (20-12). In fact, Larkin was still within a point of the lead after Quantice Hunter split 2 free throws with 2:46 left in the game. Simply put, Jefferson was better in the post, stronger on the perimeter, and flat-out better down the stretch. Jefferson big men Jared Mayes and Antoine Pittman combined for 43 points. It was a tough pill to swallow for Larkin. Though the Royals hadn't been this far since the days of Dayvon Ellis and Carliss Henderson seven years ago, they weren't quite ready for this ride to end, particularly senior starters Quantice Hunter and Quentin Ruff, team leaders who helped restore basketball pride to Elgin's west side.