Central hits roadblock in Florida
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Verdell Jones and Donald Stewart each scored 25 points for Champaign Central in a 93-85 semifinal loss to Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) Friday night at the Great Florida Shootout.
"I think a couple things were the difference tonight. We missed 32 points we could have had off layups, and we dug ourselves in a 17-point hole in the first half," Maroons coach Scott Davis said. "You can't afford to get down like that to a team like Dr. Phillips. I was proud of our effort in the second half, but we missed easy ones and dug too deep of a hole."
Zander Culver tallied 15 points for the Maroons, who had three players in double figures.
"The first two games we had six different kids in double figures. Tonight some shots fell for some kids and others did not. I thought we just did not hit shots. The balance was there for the first two games," Davis said.
With the loss, Central will play for third place tonight.
At the Pontiac Holiday Tournament. Mikel Brigham had a team-high 22 points to help Danville win 53-48 against United Township.
Terance Brown, D'Lando Carter and Collis Lillard all added eight points for the Vikings.
"We have played extremely well in the tournament," Danville coach Gary Tidwell said. "Our halfcourt defense has been the difference. When you hold teams in the 40s you have a good chance to win. We have hit shots and made free throws down the stretch. Those are the things you need to do to win games."
The Vikings will play Peoria Manual in today's semifinals.
"Manual will be tough. We have contrasting styles. We have to play well in the halfcourt set and not turn over the ball. We have improved on that in this tournament. If we get looks in the paint and play smart, I like our chances," Tidwell said.
At the Centralia Holiday Tournament
Rayvonte Rice had a team-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for Centennial in a 65-55 loss to Alton. James Kinney contributed 12 points for the Chargers, who trailed 41-27 at the half.