Boys' Basketball

Boys' Basketball

IHSA Class 1A Sectional: Cissna Park and St. Anne Community


Cissna Park and St. Anne Community in the IHSA Class 1A Sectional at Schlarman Academy in Danville Wednesday February 27, 2013.

M-S vs Urbana Boys' Basketball Regional 2013

Mahomet-Seymour boys take on Urbana at the Class 3A Regional at Centennial High School in Champaign on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. 

Finke is getting bigger

Tuesdays are big days for Michael Finke.

For obvious reasons, the Champaign Centennial (Ill.) High School big man usually has a game for the Chargers.

Like last night when he scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds during Centennial's 58-44 win against Rantoul (Ill.) High School during a Class 3A Centennial Regional semifinal game.

Vikings can't climb out of early hole

NORMAL — The basketball game started on time, but in reality, it ended early.

That happens when the opposing team scores 14 points — and allows none — on its first five possessions.

Second-half surge lifts Finke, Centennial

CHAMPAIGN — The trend started before Illinois coach John Groce and son Conner settled into the wooden bleachers on the second deck at Centennial.

Two of the top seeds in the Class 3A Mount Zion Sectional — Springfield Southeast and Decatur MacArthur — had lost by the time No. 1 Centennial tipped off its regional semifinal game against No. 4 Rantoul.

Bulletin Board: No place like home for Carver

OAKLAND — After Charlie Carver’s last year as Tri-County boys’ basketball coach (2008-09), he and his family relocated to Florida, where he coached for a year near Lake Wales. He found, “we were back and forth a lot,” so he returned to Illinois and landed at West Central (in Biggsville) for the past two seasons.

Athletes of the Week: Donohue and McCoy

Ryan Donohue, Monticello, Senior, Basketball

Recently: Scored in double figures in both of the Sages’ Class 2A regional wins, hitting matching 14-point totals in the semifinals and the finals. Only squad member who has started all 27 games.

Teams of the Week: Ridgeview boys' basketball in spotlight

Three years removed from a 1-26 season, the Mustangs (23-7) captured a Class 1A regional title, beating two Heart of Illinois Conference foes by double-digit margins. Three players reached double figures in the title game, including Trevor McIntosh with 15 points.


Chart toppers: Best Assembly Hall memories, courtesy Fred Kroner

On Saturday, the Assembly Hall celebrates its 50th birthday. Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner researched the 83 high school basketball teams that were crowned as state champions at the Hall (57 boys’ teams and 26 girls’ teams) and came up with these five memorable championship games.

Centennial vs Rantoul Boys' Basketball Regional 2013

Champaign Centennial boys take on Rantoul at the Class 3A Boys' Regional at Centennial High School on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.