The DeKalb Middle School Saints lost to Boyd Christian, 27-24, Saturday night at Warren County High School, which ended their four-year hold on the Warren Lodge Holiday Tournament Championship.
The Saints trailed 8-7 at the end of the first period and 16-9 at the half, after scoring only two points in the second period. The Broncos led by as many as 11 points in the third, but the Saints pulled to within eight points, at 23-15, by the end of the period.
DMS battled back in the fourth, and cut the Boyd lead to just three points, with 7.5 seconds left on the clock. Free throws in those final seconds cost the Saints a shot at their fifth straight tournament title. DeKalb had four technical foul shots, but missed all four which left the score at 27-24 as time expired. For the game, the Saints shot only 4-of-18 from the free throw line.