Updated: April 4, 2013 6:27AM
For the second game in a row, Seton had to sweat out a sectional victory at Illiana Christian.
The Sting came back from a 13-point deficit with 2:28 left in the third quarter to beat Tilden 73-67 to claim the Class 2A Illiana Christian Sectional title Friday night in Lansing. The win came two days after Seton barely beat Hales 38-36 in the semifinals.
It was Seton’s third sectional title. The Sting also won sectional crowns in 2009, when it won the Class 2A title, and last season, when it finished fourth in the state.
Seton (21-10) plays Providence St. Mel on Tuesday in the Joliet Central Supersectional. Last year, Seton beat Providence St. Mel 61-51 in the supersectional round.
Seton also topped Providence St. Mel 56-52 in a nonconference game on Jan. 15.
The rematch wouldn’t have come about if Seton didn’t mount a comeback Friday. In the final 2:06 of the third quarter, the Sting outscored the Blue Devils 14-2 to shave the deficit to 51-50. Guard Kamal Shasi hit a pair of three-pointers in the run, including a buzzer-beater, to pump up his team.
“I was just concentrating on the basket,” said Sashi, who scored 19 points including six three-pointers. “That’s what I have to do — make shots for my team. You never know if it’s your last game. You have to go all out.”
The fourth quarter featured seven lead changes and four ties before the Sting scored the final seven points in the final 1:45 to win it.
Mark Weems Jr. had 18 points, including 14 in the first half. Johnny Patterson added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Alex Foster, the 6-foot-8 senior heading to Minnesota, played just 2:11 in the first half because of foul trouble and finished with six fourth-quarter points.
For Tilden (15-11), Allen Potts had 19 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Wali Muhammad added 18 points and three steals.