CHAMPAIGN – Verdell Jones was on the bench with an injured ankle. Keith Biggers was on the bench with foul trouble. Champaign Central was on the ropes after a four-point third quarter.
ST. JOSEPH – Seniors are expected to step forward at regional tournament time.
Tyler Johnson and Zach Becker did just that in St. Joseph-Ogden's 50-37 boys' basketball win against Westville, as did Curtis Leischner in Monticello's 76-55 conquest of Urbana University High at Tuesday's Class 2A St. Joseph-Ogden Regional.
ST. JOSEPH – The postseason often becomes a forum for unsung heroes to make names for themselves.
Monday night in the opening round of the St. Joseph-Ogden Regional, Westville junior Dustin Billings did just that, netting 11 of 12 shots and finishing with a game-high 25 points to lead sixth- seeded Tigers past No. 8 seed St. Thomas More 67-59.
PAXTON – For as far back as Kendall Cox can remember, opponents have tried to get into his head. They talk trash to him. They get physical with him. There's even been a cheap shot or two.
BEMENT – Friday was a night of accomplishments for Cerro Gordo boys' basketball.
A 70-59 victory against Bement was the school's 1,000th win. It also extended the current Bronco winning streak to 19 and gave them a share of the Little Okaw Valley Conference championship with Lovington.
CHAMPAIGN – James Kinney easily could have been distracted Friday night when Centennial took on Normal West during the Chargers' Senior Night celebration.
Minutes after the game, the Centennial guard's left thumb was bandaged in tape and propped under an ice pack. It started swelling Monday after practice, but neither he nor others who looked at it could determine what happened to it.
DANVILLE – Collis Lillard picked the perfect time of the season to play the best basketball of his career.
Friday night, the Danville senior followed up career-high totals in points (27) and rebounds (16), which he put up Wednesday at Urbana, with a 14-point, 15-rebound effort against Bloomington in helping the Vikings to an 83-59 whitewash of their Big 12 rival.
ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph-Ogden, usually known for its physical inside presence, mixed it up a little in a 51-43 win against Paxton-Buckley-Loda.
And it all started with senior Tyler Johnson, who hit two three-pointers out of the gates.
URBANA – Points rarely have come easy this basketball season for the Urbana Tigers.
For one half Friday night, they nearly were nonexistent.
CHAMPAIGN – Bloomington was in a zone, but not for long.
Not with Champaign Central's shooters zoned in from the perimeter.