All Boys' Basketball Content
Each Saturday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will review Friday night's boys' action:
CHAMPAIGN – The least of Tim Lavin's worries this basketball season is whether his Centennial Chargers will put the ball in the basket.
Entering Friday night's Big 12 game against crosstown rival Champaign Central, the most prolific attack in the conference was averaging 71.2 points.
URBANA – Gary Tidwell saw it.
Terrence Gray saw it.
All in the same Friday night boys' basketball game.
The good. The bad.
Ultimately, Tidwell's Danville team had more good things happen and left Urbana with a 55-41 Big 12 Conference victory against Gray's Tigers.
URBANA – Dan Lilly had 27 points, eight assists and seven steals to lead Urbana University High to an 82-58 victory against Oakwood in boys' basketball Friday.
ST. JOSEPH – As far as signature wins are concerned, Paxton- Buckley-Loda hadn't claimed one entering Friday's game against Olympia.
Sure, the Panthers entered the game 7-0, but they breezed through those opponents by an average margin of 19 points per game. But after a 51-50 loss to Olympia in the opening round of the St. Joseph-Ogden Leader Classic, the Panthers still are looking for that signature victory.
CHAMPAIGN – Tonight's boys' basketball game pitting Champaign Central and state-ranked Centennial will be played as scheduled despite Unit 4 school closings.
Gates at Centennial open at 5:15 p.m., Centennial athletic director Brian Easter said this morning. The varsity game is expected to start about 7:30 p.m.
In high school it's pretty simple, win in the postseason and you have a great shot at winning a state championship. For all intents and purposes, a team can go 0-29 during the regular season and still have a chance at winning it all.
More than likely that'll never happen, but you get what I'm trying to say. Unlike college football and basketball, there's no human element involved. Computers and pollsters aren't holding the fate of programs in their hands based on their opinions.
KANKAKEE – After a six-year run in the Centralia Holiday Tournament, the Centennial boys' basketball team is headed to a similar event later this month in Kankakee. But only for one year.
CHAMPAIGN – The standings say this is a matchup of the last two Big 12 boys' basketball teams without a conference loss.
The coaches say it's way too early to be concerned with the league's pecking order.
CHAMPAIGN – When he wasn't pounding the boards or muscling his way to the basket or stepping out and sinking jump shots from beyond the foul line, Jeff Johnson found yet another way to torment Rantoul on Tuesday night.