CASEY – For about 12 minutes of its Class 2A sectional semifinal game against Olney East Richland, Monticello looked like it would cruise toward an upset of the sixth-ranked Tigers.
Unfortunately for the Sages, it's a 32-minute game.
HERSCHER – Barry Bauer created the game plan. His Watseka High School boys' basketball team carried it out, but it still wasn't enough for the Warriors to score an upset Tuesday in Herscher's Class 2A sectional semifinals.
To contend with favored Chicago Christian, Bauer knew his Warriors needed to contain all-state candidate Joel Kamp.
GIBSON CITY – The girls' basketball trophy case catches the eye when you walk through the doors of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School.
It's stocked with hardware and mementos from great teams past. There are plaques commemorating regional champions from 1995, 1996 and 2005.
CHAMPAIGN – The Urbana Tigers found victories hard to come by during the regular season but were able to win when it mattered most.
The Tigers (3-20) held off a Rantoul comeback and defeated the Eagles 62-59 in the opening round of a Class 3A regional at Centennial High School.
CHRISMAN – There's a reason good plays have several options.
Clayton Meyer hit a three- pointer on a seemingly broken play with 13 seconds to go to give Tuscola its third regional title in four years with a 63-61 win against Chrisman on Saturday.
CHAMPAIGN – Something seemed to be missing Saturday night at Combes Gym.
Danville provided an opening with the absence of a key contributor and Champaign Central took advantage in a 73-55 Big 12 boys' basketball win.
GIBSON CITY – Amid the pandemonium that followed the first boys' basketball regional title since consolidation brought Gibson City and Melvin-Sibley together, there was, in fact, a moment of silence.
The final strand of net had been snipped by the winning Falcons when senior Calab Cook climbed the ladder once again and draped a warmup jersey over the front of the rim.
ST. JOSEPH – Free throw shooting has been a Monticello forte throughout the current basketball season.
That strength came to the rescue again Friday as the Sages hit 5 of 6 from the stripe in the final 31 seconds to hold off St. Joseph-Ogden 44-43 in the St. Joseph-Ogden Class 2A regional title game.
LOVINGTON – Salt Fork won the first and fourth quarters, but it was unable to record a win Thursday night in a Class 1A regional semifinal boys' basketball game.
Sullivan broke a 46-46 tie in the final minute and edged the Storm 50-49. The Redskins (15-12) will play Lovington (19-8) in today's 7:30 p.m. championship game.
BISMARCK – Trey McCorkle started his senior basketball season at Bismarck-Henning on a high note. Named to The News-Gazette All-Area team as a junior, the 6-foot-10 center signed in the preseason to play at Indiana- Purdue-Fort Wayne.
McCorkle's plans for his senior basketball season were derailed, however, during the Blue Devils' eighth game of the season.