(Bonne Terre) The North County boys basketball team held off a thrilling late-game push from DeSoto in the Class 5 District 2 semifinals as the Raiders eeked out a 63-59 win tonight on J98.
The Dragons stayed within striking distance for the entire game and had it down to a one-score game in the fourth quarter.
In the final minute, a North County turnover opened the door for DeSoto.
Clinging to a two-point lead and with possession, another Raiders’ turnover gave DeSoto an opportunity to tie it or take the lead, but sophomore Jobe Smith came up with the 2 Dribble Basketball Play of the Game for North County.
A pair of Karter Kekec free throws sealed the win for North County as they held on for the four-point win.
Raiders’ head coach Jimmy Palmer says there were a few positives to take away, but ultimately they need to tighten things up if they want to accomplish their goals this postseason.
North County improves to (22-1) and will take on Farmington in the district championship on Friday at home.
We’ll have coverage of that game beginning at 5:45 on J98.
DeSoto finishes the season at (14-12).
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