Transition comes easy for Central's Butler
CHAMPAIGN — Corvon Butler is prepared for whatever he will face next year.
When he enrolls in college, it will be the fourth head coach and the fourth school Butler has played at in four seasons.
The Centennial transfer has made a rapid transition at Central. He scored a game-high 22 points in 19 minutes Friday night at Combes Gym as the Maroons thumped Decatur Eisenhower 80-41 in a Big 12 Conference game.
The Panthers had trouble keeping up with Butler throughout the first half. He reached the 17-point mark as the visitors' total on the scoreboard showed 14.
"I was going with the flow," Butler said.
Though Scott Davis returned the majority of the players from last season's team, there were no concerns about adding a newcomer.
"These kids had played against him and saw what he could do," Davis said. "They were excited to have him on their side. He has fit in well. He has a great sense of humor."
And, a wide variety to his game. His points came from an assortment of moves. Twice within a minute, he had slam dunks, once on a rebound. He led the break and scored after a steal. He was one of five Maroons with a three-pointer.
"I tried to show my whole arsenal," said Butler, who has been getting the most interest from Oklahoma State, Butler, Northern Illinois, Western Illinois, Loyola and St. Louis.
"In college," Davis said, "he won't be a low-post player. He has to be able to handle it."
Since last year, he has shed more than 15 pounds and is now a solid 220.
"My work ethic changed," said Butler, whose basket put Central ahead to stay, 5-4.
His greatest transition was learning a new offense.
"It's a different way of ball," he said. "We run more transition. It has been a fun experience. I feel comfortable."
Alex Roux came off the bench to score 13 points for the Maroons (5-2), 10 in the final 7:03. Clayton Jones added 10 points. Jordan Caroline led all players with eight rebounds. Butler had five rebounds, all on the offensive end.
Roux nailed a game-high three three-pointers. "The kids have so much confidence in him, and he has great range," Davis said. "He can shoot from 25 of 30 feet, if need be."
Chris Hutchison and Xavier Martin each added eight points off the bench. Central's reserves combined for 40 of the team's 80 points.
Danville 67, MacArthur 60. The Vikings overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to post their second road win in eight days. The Generals led 33-20 at intermission, but Danville forged ahead 48-41 at the end of the third period.
Jaron Cunningham scored a game-high 20 points for the Vikings. Dennis Hightower had 12 points and Daniel Carter 11.
Urbana 67, Bloomington 59. P.J. Blissit scored a game-high 23 points as the Tigers recovered from a halftime deficit to win on the road. Urbana took control by outscoring the Purple Raiders 25-15 in the third quarter. Donald McKinley added 13 points for Urbana, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Bloomington led 28-26 at halftime.
Centennial 78, Mattoon 40. The Chargers jumped into a 24-5 first-quarter lead en route to a win against visiting Mattoon. Devin Carter scored 16 points and Michael Finke had 15 points for Centennial, which is unbeaten in Big 12 action. Damonta Space had 13 points and Charger teammate Taylen Alexander captured a game-high six rebounds.