Mooseheart coach Ron Ahrens speaks with his players before their game with the Westminster Warriors Tuesday.

A high school basketball team’s worries about the eligibility of three African players on a rival squad may have been all for naught — at least judging by the final score.

Hinckley Big-Rock High School raised questions about a program that brought the Sudanese players to Batavia’s Mooseheart school, but on Tuesday, a judge ruled the teens could play on the basketball team until the Illinois High School Association hears arguments on the eligibility issue.

The controversy added a great deal of intrigue to Wednesday night’s game between the two schools, with Hinckley outlasting Mooseheart 58-51.

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