Whitney Young needed to do everything they could to hold off unbeaten Fremd but they managed to hold on for a 53-47 Class 4A boys basketball state semifinal win on Friday night in Peoria.
The Dolphins (26-5) saw a 17-point lead get erased in the first half as the Vikings came roaring back after a slow start. Whitney Young eventually regained control and slowed things down as senior Lucas Williamson led the way with 17 points for the Dolphins. Craig Beudoin also added 12 points for Whitney Young. Juniors Xavier Castaneda and Javon Freeman each had nine points for Whitney Young.
Fremd (31-1) had a huge rally behind a balaced effort as senior Shaan Patel had 13 points and 10 rebounds while Brian Dompke also added 13 points. Ryan Martin also chipped in 10 points for the Vikings. Senior guard Kyle Sliwa, one of the team's clutch performers this season, was limited to eight points as he fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Vikings' unbeaten season ends with this loss but they had a great run to this point and made this game a memorable one in Class 4A.
The Dolphins move on to the Class 4A state title game on Saturday night as they'll play at 7:15 p.m. in a game that will be featured live on CSN+. Whitney Young could potentially face Bolingbrook or get another rematch against city rival Simeon, a team that beat the Dolphins earlier this year.
Whitney Young has won 13 consecutive games as they enter this game on a hot streak.
Whitney Young is hoping for its third state title in the last nine years by winning on Saturday night as they last won in 2009 and 2014.