Sports editor Matt Daniels takes a look around the area basketball scene before a bevy of upcoming games:
Falcons striving for tournament title
GIBSON CITY — Ryan Tompkins already knows how good Ridgeview is.
Why he was chosen: The junior stayed undefeated on the season, improving to 26-0 at 106 pounds, after winning his weight class at the 37th annual Marty Williams Invitational last Saturday at Mahomet-Seymour.
Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG
Trimble, SJ-O 159 102 462 33.0 51
In boys’ basketball
McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference Tournament
■ Fieldcrest 62, Blue Ridge 40. Senior forward Nick Homan made six field goals and scored 14 points in a losing cause for the Knights (1-18).
■ Rantoul 79, Charleston 58. From the opening tip, the extra motivation was clear to see.
DANVILLE — Ryan Drayer didn’t hesitate.
Almost any time he received a pass beyond the three-point line with a few feet of breathing room during Tuesday’s Vermilion County Tournament game against Oakwood at Palmer Arena, the 6-foot-2 Hoopeston Area junior rose up for a shot. He sank seven three-pointers to score 23 points in a 59-45 win.
CHAMPAIGN — Four days after defeating St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More’s boys’ basketball team gained another victory against a high-quality opponent by winning 63-62 against Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Tuesday night at home.
Another week brings about another shuffling, with Hoopeston Area taking over the top spot for the first time this season. More from sports editor MATT DANIELS:
BLOOMINGTON — Even when he’s struggling to make shots, Tucker Cribbett is still never bashful about letting it fly.
In boys’ basketball
Team Works Invitational
■ Grayslake North 61, Mahomet-Seymour 56. Noah Benedict scored 21 points, Cory Noe had 19 and Bradley Hamilton added 10 for the Bulldogs (11-7), who dropped their third straight tournament game in Washington.
In girls’ basketball
Vermilion County Tournament
RANTOUL — Tuesday’s Rantoul boys’ basketball home game against Charleston will have a nod to the past. In more ways than one.
More than 30 members of the school’s athletic hall of fame are set to return to their alma mater and attend the 7:30 p.m. game, with a meet-and-greet slated beforehand between the Hall of Famers and the community and current basketball team.