Illini facing rematch
Staff writer Paul Klee breaks down today's men's game against Oakland (Mich.):
CHAMPAIGN – Tuesday afternoon, just before Illinois basketball held practice at the Assembly Hall, Bill Cole sang a Christmas carol.
"I have great vocals," he said.
URBANA – The first win of the season for Urbana's boys' basketball team denied Scott Davis the 300th victory of his coaching career.
For the Tigers' Deonta Jones, who scored 21 of his game-high 23 points Tuesday night during a first half when he didn't miss a shot, there was a more significant first.
Fisher 47, LeRoy 44. PARKER PERRERO and TREY ROGERS each scored 12 points for the visiting Bunnies. MATT ELKINS added 11. The Panthers got a game-high 19 points from JORDAN HALM.
Staff writer Tony Bleill breaks down Wednesday's women's game between Illinois and Oakland (Mich.):
Staff writer Jeff Huth says yes.
Q: Should St. Joseph-Ogden and Unity have agreed to play in two boys' basketball shootouts in one day?
This week: Girls' basketball
TEAM (PVS.), RECORD: COMMENT
1. Centennial (1), 6-0: Closest game was four points
2. Unity (2), 5-2: Losses to Teutopolis, LeRoy
3. Ridgeview (3), 8-1: Loss to Quincy Notre Dame
4. Tuscola (4), 5-0: Closest game was three points
Teams of the Week
CHRISMAN BOYS' BASKETBALL
The unbeaten Cardinals (6-0), who have yet to play at home, had three double-figure scorers in a win at Unity. Derrick McCormick led with 14 points.
ST. THOMAS MORE GIRLS' BASKETBALL
Josh Piper, Centennial, senior, Basketball
Recently: Had a monster weekend. On Friday, he had 40 points and 15 rebounds in a win against Eisenhower. On Saturday, he had 32 points and 10 rebounds in a one-point loss to Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.