All Boys' Basketball Content

All Boys' Basketball Content

Small schools, big plans

Among area Class 1A and 2A basketball teams last season, the area had one team, Fisher, reach the super-sectional round. The Bunnies' run to the Elite Eight was improbable but served as a prime example that anything is possible under the IHSA's new four-class system.

This basketball season is barely 2 weeks old, but some area teams already are working to establish themselves as contenders to play in Peoria when March Madness rolls around.

Johnson lifts Sabers past SVC rivals

CHAMPAIGN – Zach Johnson scored 14 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead St. Thomas More to a 58-48 win against Iroquois West on Tuesday in Sangamon Valley Conference action.

The win was the fifth of the season for the Sabers.

Central starts to rebound

DANVILLE – After an 0-3 start to the boys' basketball season, Champaign Central entered rebound mode.

It has been a productive phase for the Maroons.

Lilly's late shot lifts Illineks

URBANA – Dan Lilly scored 16 points and Warren Skoza pulled down nine rebounds, leading Urbana University High to a 40-35 boys' basketball victory against Shiloh on Friday night at Kenney Gymnasium.

The Illineks trailed until the final 1:50, when Lilly drilled a three-pointer from the corner on an assist from Malcolm Taylor.

Chargers serve notice

Johnsons, Piper help keep Centennial perfect

CHAMPAIGN – Ohio commitment James Kinney usually grabs the headlines for Centennial, the state's ninth-ranked team in Class 3A, but his teammates are starting to make names for themselves.

Rockets' launch successful

Zebe, inexperienced teammates heat up quickly in opener

TOLONO – Unity's basketball team goes into the season without a lot of seasoning, but that's not a concern for coach Jarrett Brown.

Huisinga puts finishing touch on win

Sages turn up tempo in second-half rally

MONTICELLO – Just when you thought there wasn't anything else he could do against Rochester, Monticello's Cale Huisinga sent the crowd into a frenzy with a game-sealing flush in the closing seconds.

Coaches corner

Coaches corner

Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner contacted head coaches of teams in area conferences to get their thoughts on the season. The results:

Fred Kroner's prep basketball insider

Each Saturday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will review Friday night's action:

Random Thoughts

Boys' hoops preview: Nifty Fifty

Area preseason players to watch.