Tigers push win streak to five with road victory against Eagles

Tigers push win streak to five with road victory against Eagles

RANTOUL — The late-season surge by the Urbana boys' basketball team continues. At just the right time, too.

The Tigers posted their fifth straight win with a 74-61 nonconference victory on Saturday afternoon at Rantoul.

Payton Sheen delivered a game-high 27 points for Urbana (15-13), while Christopher Cross and Bryson Tatum also joined Sheen in double figures, with Cross supplying 18 points and Tatum contributing 15 points. Urbana made the Eagles pay at the free-throw line, convering 32 of 40 foul shots, while Rantoul only went 6 of 15.

Kamryn Rome (team-high 22 points) and Latavius Winston (18 points) led the efforts for Rantoul (11-14).

Smith leads Vikings. Danville boys' basketball won its fourth straight game, defeating Effingham St. Anthony 66-51 on Saturday evening at the Teutopolis Shootout.

Tevin Smith paced the Vikings (22-3) with 27 points, while Sean Houpt (18 points) and Nathanael Hoskins (11 points) chimed in with double-figure scoring.

Maroons top Wooden Shoes. Pryce Punkay and Gus Rossow combined to make nine three-pointers, helping carry Champaign Central boys' basketball to a 51-36 win at Teutopolis on Saturday night to cap the Wooden Shoes' own one-day shootout.

Punkay finished with a game-high 19 points on the strength of six three-pointers, while Rossow scored all nine of his points on three three-pointers. Khailieo Terry also contributed with 14 points for the Maroons (13-10).

Defense spurs Sages. Monticello boys' basketball held host St. Teresa to only four points during the first half and closed out a 51-32 win on Saturday night in nonconference action.

The Sages — who held the Bulldogs without a field goal in the game's first 16 minutes — received a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds from Benton Singleton.

GCMS holds on. Needing overtime for the second time in as many days, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys' basketball team won 73-62 at St. Thomas More on Saturday night.

Bryce Barnes (team-high 22 points) and Ryland Holt (19 points) were just enough for the Falcons (24-2) in the nonconference win, their 23rd straight victory. Riley Morris (game-high 36 points) and Averi Hughes (18 points) sparked the host Sabers (13-15).

Spartans fall in Riverton. The St. Joseph-Ogden boys' basketball team saw its win streak end at nine games on Saturday with a 49-46 loss to Peoria Quest at the Riverton Shootout. Joel Orcutt scored a team-high 14 points for the Spartans (18-8).

Cissna Park earns key win. Bailey Sluis made all six of his shots, including five three-pointers, to score a team-high 17 points for Cissna Park boys' basketball in its 73-64 win against Bloomington Central Catholic on Saturday night to cap the Riverton Shootout.

Christian Stadeli (15 points, nine rebounds) also chipped in for the Timberwolves (24-3).

Knights cruise. Blue Ridge boys' basketball earned a 50-30 home win against Cerro Gordo/Bement on Saturday. Zach Stephens scored a game-high 24 points for the Knights (14-14), while Braden Weaver paced CG/B (10-19) with seven points.

Hawks win close. Prairie Central boys' basketball won 72-70 at nonconference foe Tri-Valley on Saturday. Kaden King had 20 points for the Hawks (12-12).

In girls' basketball

AOC wins again. Amanda Franklin finished with 27 points, eight steals and seven rebounds for Arthur Okaw Christian in its 58-35 road win on Saturday against Heritage Christian (Ind.). Alexa Franklin (11 points, six rebounds) and Lindsey Mast (eight points) also chipped in for AOC (26-7).

Hawks roll. Host Prairie Central won 58-35 against Chillicothe Illinois Valley Central on Saturday as Becca Conlisk scored a game-high 20 points for the Hawks (14-14) in the Illini Prairie Conference win.