Three players scored in double-figures for GCMS, who made 9 of 18 three-point attempts and held off a late rally by the Monticello Sages for a 63-52 Regional Championship Friday night in Class 2A boys basketball regional final action from Monticello Middle School.
After a Devin Graham layup to start the second half and cut the score to 34-25, but GCMS went on a 13-0 run to open up their largest lead of the night at 47-25.
The Sages would cut the deficit to 61-52 with 20 seconds to play but the Falcons size, speed and quickness were too much.
GCMS controlled the glass in the second half 20-12 for a 35-27 advantage for the game.
Both teams finished with more assists than turnovers, as Monticello dished out 13 assists to 12 turnovers while GCMS finished with 15 assists and ten turnovers.
Rylan Holt finished with a double-double with 21 points and ten rebounds. Connor Birky added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Ben Freehill chipped in with 11 points for the Falcons.
Illinois football commit Bryce Barnes added six points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Ethan Miller led the Sages with 12 points, all in the second half and nine in the fourth quarter, all from beyond the arc.
Graham added 11 points and pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
The Sages finish their season 21-8 and GCMS improves to 29-2 and advances to the Unity Sectional next week.