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In OT, Okawville dealt another state title heartache; takes second place

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Okawville Rockets come close but drop 1A state championship game in overtime

Effingham St. Anthony defeated Okawville 49-46 in overtime Saturday to win the Class 1A boys state basketball championship.
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Effingham St. Anthony defeated Okawville 49-46 in overtime Saturday to win the Class 1A boys state basketball championship.

The Okawville Rockets suffered another heartbreak Saturday in the title game of the state tournament.

The Rockets fell 49-46 in overtime to Effingham St. Anthony in the class 1A championship game of the Illinois High School Association’s state tournament in Peoria.

Okawville has never won a boys state basketball title, but twice has come close. The Rockets last played in the championship game in 1987, when they lost to Venice by 2 points.

Okawville finished the season with a 32-4 record. St. Anthony finished with a 30-5 record.

The community will welcome the Rockets home with a reception at 2 p.m. Sunday at Okawville High School.

We’ll have full coverage of today’s game at bnd.com.

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