BLOOMINGTON — Illinois recruit Michael Finke scored nine of his career-high 35 points in two overtime periods as Centennial held off Bloomington 90-79 in a Big 12 first-place showdown Friday night.
“There is a long way to go, but to beat the second-place team on their home court is big for us,” Centennial coach Tim Lavin said.
Finke, who had 10 rebounds, helped rally the Chargers, who were down 50-41 entering the fourth quarter. He made 12 of 14 free throws and one three-pointer, that coming during his overtime burst.
“To come back so late in a tough place to play with so much on the line, that says a lot,” Lavin said.
Reserve Kahlil Toombs had 15 points, including a key three-pointer, to spark Centennial. Toombs had 11 of his points from the fourth quarter on.
“He made great use of his opportunity,” Lavin said.
Dustin Walls added 12 points.
Normal West 49, Central 46. Cam Rowan’s 30-footer at the buzzer sent the game into overtime, but visiting Normal West recovered. Xavier Martin scored 14 points for the Maroons, who rallied in the second half to force the extra session.
Turnovers (29) and a difference at the free throw line (outscored 14-7) hampered Central, which got nine points from Rowan.
MacArthur 60, Danville 51. The Vikings hit seven of their nine three-point shots in the second half and scored more than half of their points (26) in a furious fourth-quarter flurry, trimming a 17-point deficit to eight before falling to the Generals.
Marcus Merriweather led the Vikings with 14 points. Devyn McGuire had eight points. In all, 10 Vikings reached the scoring column.
Danville committed 17 turnovers, while forcing 10, and was 6 for 13 from the free throw line while suffering its eighth loss in a row.