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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner contacted head coaches of teams in area conferences to get their thoughts on the season. The results:
Each Saturday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will review Friday night's action: