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MAROA — Monticello stormed back from a nine-point third-quarter deficit behind Bryan Phipps’ career-high 17 points — all in the second half — to slide past Central A&M 57-47 and into Saturday night’s Okaw Valley Conference tournament title game for the third straight year.
PAXTON — Sixth-seeded Paxton-Buckley-Loda started with a 13-0 run. But third-seeded St. Thomas More regrouped in time to pull out a 53-48 win in Tuesday’s Sangamon Valley Conference boys’ basketball tournament.
“We came out really strong in the first quarter, and then as the game wore on we just kind of faded for whatever reason,” PBL coach Scot Vogel said.
In boys’ basketball
■ Cissna Park 48, Momence 45. Cole Hasselbring had 14 points as the Timberwolves pulled away in the second half, outscoring Momence 28-23.
■ Clifton Central 40, Watseka 32. Jake Lyznicki and Alex Gocken (three threes) scored nine apiece, but the Warriors were outscored 19-8 in the second half.
Teams of the Week
The Blue Devils (18-5) moved into sole possession of first place in the Vermilion Valley Conference by upending the other unbeaten league entry, Westville, 51-41, behind a combined 30 points inside from Wilde Garowski and Austin Reinken.
In girls’ basketball
■ Armstrong-Potomac 44, Hoopeston Area 24. The Trojans outscored Hoopeston Area 30-15 in the second half to pull away to a home win. A-P’s Erika Sieberns scored 12 of her game-high 16 points over the final two quarters. Teammate Morgan Zindars added 15 points.
DANVILLE — When Danville boys’ basketball coach Ted Houpt evaluates his first year as the Vikings’ head coach, Monday’s game won’t be viewed as a masterpiece.
There were mistakes and missed shots that would prevent it from a high ranking in terms of quality of play.
And yet, it is a game he will remember. And treasure.
In boys’ basketball
■ Shiloh 57, Heritage 35. The Raiders outscored Heritage 42-20 in the second half to run away with the tournament title. Andrew Donithan scored 19 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to help Shiloh break open a game that was tied 15-15 at halftime. John Taylor paced the Hawks with 14 points.
Welcome to the new normal.
Conference realignments are becoming as prevalent on the area athletic scene as are the planted rows of corn in the early spring in the area’s fertile fields.
This isn’t a new trend.