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Evanston’s basketball team couldn’t find a way to finish 2014 on a winning note.

The Wildkits converted just 3-of-15 field goal attempts in the last 8 minutes and settled for a 4th place finish at the 50th annual Pekin Holiday Tournament with a 66-52 loss to Pekin on New Year’s Eve.

The Kits, now 9-5 overall, were outscored 19-8 over the last six minutes and suffered their second straight tourney defeat. A free throw by Elijah Henry pulled the No. 3 seeded ETHS squad to within 47-44 before Evanston’s offense went through a frigid shooting spell.

For the game, Evanston connected on 17-of-49 field goal attempts, or 35 percent, as sophomore Nojel Eastern claimed scoring honors with 20 points. Henry added 10 points and 6 rebounds and Malik Jenkins notched 5 points.

Pekin, the No. 4 seed, was led by Austin Juergens with 18 points and Noah Kesselmayer with 13.

The Dragons used a 10-0 run in the second quarter to build a 31-24 advantage by halftime. Evanston closed the gap in the third quarter as Eastern erupted for 9 points in the period, which ended with the Dragons on top 45-41.

Source: ETHS Sports Information

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