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Luers' SAC hopes dwindle

Bishop Luers has won three straight SAC tournament championships, but a regular-season title has seemed to elude the Knights in the four-year career of Deshaun Thomas.

And a 65-56 loss to Bishop Dwenger put a damper on whether that will be the one that got away for the Knights senior.

Luers is now 1-2 in the SAC with the loss. Two losses don't spell doom for the Knights, but it will make a conference championship very difficult.

Snider won the SAC title last year at 9-0 and champ Harding was 8-1 two years ago.

Three years ago, North Side, South Side and Bishop Dwenger tied for the league title at 7-2, so it can be done.

"This kind of puts us in the backseat with two losses," Luers coach James Blackmon said. "We have to keep playing, and this is not the end of the season for us. Down the stretch we didn't play well, and we didn't put ourselves in a position to win that game. We have put our fate in someone else's hands as far as conference play."

The good news for Luers is it has yet to play most of the teams ahead of it in the conference schedule.

South Side, which does have a win against the Knights, and Harding are both 2-0. Luers did beat the Hawks in the SAC tournament finals last month, but that obviously doesn't count in the regular-season race.

Snider and Northrop are both 2-1, with Luers playing the Panthers on Tuesday and Northrop next Friday.

Elmhurst and Dwenger are also 2-1, with Concordia, Wayne and North Side pretty much out of the conference race.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.