Byron outlasts Hall, wins Mendota regional championship

MENDOTA, Ill. (WIFR) -- For the second year in a row, the Byron Tigers found themselves in a regional final.

However, this time, the Tigers were able to avoid both Winnebago and Rockford Christian, playing Hall instead.

Byron knocked down eight of 11 free throws down the stretch to secure its first regional plaque in six years, defeating the Red Devils 44-34.

"We're normally not used to being slowed down like that," said senior Pauly Rico. "But I think the team handled adversity well, and I think we did it and still came out with a "W".

With the Tigers down five at the half, Byron stressed rebounding. In the end, they say that's what led to the win.

"A lot of the calls weren't really coming our way, so we just had to play through them and be tough" said junior Connor Harn. "But once the second half came around, we were strong with out rebounds, stayed with it as a team. We were able to pull it out."