EAST ST. LOUIS - Alton’s eighth-grade boys were down by 10 points in the fourth quarter, but battled back to pull out a 47-40 win over East St. Louis Lincoln on Wednesday night to capture a sectional title.

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Alton improves to 20-5 and now heads to the Illinois Elementary School state tourney. The Redbirds will play at 10 a.m. Saturday against 19-0 Urbana in Champaign at Urban Junior High.