Giovanni Faulkner-Elliot scored 14 points, but Mattoon Middle School could not hold onto a first-half lead over Decatur Stephen Decatur in a 45-32 semifinal loss in Tuesday night’s IESA Class 7-4A Regional 13 seventh-grade boys basketball tournament in Mt. Zion.

Madden Johnson had scored 22 points to lead the third-seeded Wildcats over sixth-seeded Charleston, 48-37, in Saturday’s regional opener.

Faulkner-Elliot scored all of the Wildcats’ points in an 8-4 opening quarter. Mattoon Middle held on for an 18-16 halftime lead before scoring only three points, all by Logan Samuelson, in the third quarter to fall behind 28-21.

Stephen Decatur advances to play top-seeded Mt. Zion Intermediate School, a 48-16 winner over Effingham Junior High, in Wednesday’s regional final

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Faulkner-Elliot 5 1-4 14, Pullen 1 0-0 2, Morton 0 0-1 0, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Butler 2 0-1 5, Samuelson 3 1-2 7, Eaton 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 2-8 32. 3-pointers – Faulkner-Elliot 3, Butler.