Britt's big second half boosts Eagles
RANTOUL — It's no secret Rantoul's Travis Britt can be a matchup nightmare, and it was on full display in the Eagles' 70-58 win against Monticello on Tuesday night.
The Sages had no answer for Britt, who poured in a game-high 29 points, including 24 in the second half.
"He's a huge mismatch problem for us," Monticello coach Kevin Roy said. "We have some guys that can come out and try to contain him, but to shut him down is a tall order. He's very versatile, and it's tough to defend that."
Britt's play helped Rantoul stay undefeated at 5-0.
"It's carried over from last year," Rantoul coach Brett Frerichs said. "We have an experienced team led by Travis. We've learned how to close out games."
Britt went off in the third quarter, scoring 14 points to build Rantoul's lead to 56-46 heading into the fourth quarter. He finished with seven rebounds, six steals and two blocked shots.
The scoring outburst negated a second-quarter rally by Monticello, which cut the Eagles' lead to two before the half.
Ryan Donohue and reserve guard Mitch Miller combined to score 17 of the Sages' 19 points in the period to make it 30-28 at the break.
"I thought the kids played hard. We handled their fullcourt pressure pretty well but struggled in the halfcourt sets. We came out a little sluggish, and playing against a quick team like Rantoul, it was hard for us to adjust to. We were right there at the break. Travis Britt just took over."
Senior point guard Daly O'Brien, who had six assists, scored 10 points in the second half for the Sages and finished as the team's leading scorer with 14. Donohue added 12, and Miller finished with eight.
C.J. Morris had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles, and Jackson Carver chipped in eight.