Alec Millender didn't want St. Rita to go 0-for-2 on Saturday.
Millender and his basketball teammates spent the morning in DeKalb watching their football counterparts rally late before losing to Rochester in the Class 5A championship game,
Then they headed to Riverside-Brookfield to play Morton in the title game of the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic. St. Rita fell behind by 12 in the second quarter but stormed back to win 71-70 and move to 4-0.
"It was great for them to make it all the way to the state championship," Millender said of the football team. "That's inspiring for us. ... We said, 'If our brothers lose, we're going to win for them.'"