Three points ended up being the difference in a trip to state, and the end of a terrific season for the Bishop Lynch Friars.
The Friars (32-6) coasted to a big win over Liberty Christian on Friday in the TAPPS 6A North Region semifinals, but ran into a hot-shooting Prestonwood Christian team in Saturday's final, falling just short, 60-57.
The Lions advance to this weekend's state tournament while the Friars' season ends in the second round for a second straight season. The Friars won 30-plus games and captured a district title for a third consecutive season.
Friars 64, Liberty Christian 42
In Friday's semifinal game, the Friars started fast and rolled over the Warriors behind solid shooting (50 percent from the floor). Jake Milkereit pumped in a game-high 22 points, including five three-pointers, while Muller and Imo Essien each added 10.
The Friars made 24-of-48 shots from the floor and 11-of-14 free throws (79 percent).
Muller added eight rebounds, six assists, and three blocks, Essien handed out four assists, Milkereit had five rebounds, and Plae Wyatt added four steals.
The Friars led 15-8 after the opening period, 32-16 at the break, and 53-33 heading into the final period.
Prestonwood 60, Friars 57
The Friars made the first basket of the game, but would not lead again in the contest while falling behind by as many as 14. Bradley made a pair of free throws to tie the game at 57-57 with 1:34 to play, but PCA took the lead for good with 1:02 to go.
With 13 seconds left, PCA added a free throw to go ahead by three, and Milkereit's potential game-tying shot with a second left missed by the smallest margin.
The junior led the team with 17 points, Essien added 16 points and six rebounds, while Muller and Wyatt each scored nine. Muller also had nine rebounds and four steals. 14 of Essien's 16 points came in the first half.