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CHAMPAIGN – As Fisher coach Deon Mennenga was cutting down the net after the Bunnies' 53-37 sectional championship win against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, a couple hundred orange-clad fans made their way to the floor in Parkland's gym.
Kids asked for autographs. Adults jumped around and celebrated as if they had just played. Most players already had slipped on their "Elite Eight" T-shirts.
CHAMPAIGN – One had to figure it would end soon. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley scorched the nets to the tune of 28 three-pointers in three games on its way to Friday's sectional final against rival Fisher at Parkland College.
But the three-point shot was not kind to the Falcons in their 53-37 loss to the Bunnies on Friday. They connected on 1 of 14 tries from beyond the arc and shot 39 percent from the field.
CHAMPAIGN – Maybe it's because Donald Stewart's been there, done that. Twice before, in fact.
So while the Champaign Central Maroons and their fans reveled in a Class 3A regional basketball championship Friday night, the senior had his eyes on far bigger prizes.
CHAMPAIGN – Scott Davis held tryouts Monday at Combes Gymnasium, but he wasn't seeking more players for his state-ranked Class 3A boys' basketball team.
Davis was letting his athletes determine who would participate in the IHSA three-point shootout with a team contest open to all varsity players. The winners were Carter Billingsley, Jerry Exum, Chris Lehmann and Jake Slesinski.
CHAMPAIGN – It was only a short spurt, but it won a big game.
Fisher's Mitch Elkins scored 10 consecutive points in a four-minute span in the first half and the Bunnies' defense took over from there as Fisher defeated Tuscola 39-25 in a sectional semifinal Wednesday night at Parkland College.
CASEY – The dozens of fans who waited outside the Bismarck-Henning locker room to greet the team after the Blue Devils' 56-48 Class 2A sectional semifinal win against Effingham St. Anthony on Wednesday were all smiles.
High-fives, fist pounds and hugs were flying around.
CHAMPAIGN – A fan of the sport, Deon Mennenga would love to watch Friday's boys' basketball showdown between Champaign Central and Centennial.
Trouble is, he's busy.
CHAMPAIGN – Cinderella is still dancing.
That translates into an encore performance Friday night for the unheralded Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys' basketball team.
CHAMPAIGN – Centennial never trailed in its 62-48 Class 3A regional semifinal victory against Urbana.
But that doesn't mean it came easily.
Rayvonte Rice had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Jeff Johnson added 15 points and nine rebounds as the Chargers (21-7) won on their home floor Tuesday night.
CHAMPAIGN – His teammates in the starting lineup all have seniority, but Bruce Hendricks doesn't make it obvious.
The only junior regular in Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's boys' basketball lineup, Hendricks has been a catalyst in the Falcons' late-season surge into state prominence. At 6-foot-3, he's one of the team's tallest players.