Friday's highlights: Heritage, Shiloh set LOVC title date
In boys’ basketball
Little Okaw Valley Tournament
■ Heritage 50, Arthur-Lovington 49. Brandon Richardson scored half of his team’s eight points in overtime to help the Hawks pull out a semifinal victory. John Taylor racked up 22 points for Heritage and Richardson finished with 12. Curtis Plank scored 18 points for A-L.
■ Shiloh 66, Tri-County 53. The Raiders advanced to the championship game behind Wyatt Flesner’s 26 points. Cyrus Furgeson paced Shiloh with 19 points, three more than teammate Andrew Donithan.
■ Bement 47, Villa Grove 44. Connor Gross scored 17 points and Steve Isbell added 12 to lead the Bulldogs to victory. Brandon KoberlEin and Gabe Palmer scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Blue Devils.
■ Okaw Valley 70, Arcola 46. Nick Hudson scored 12 points for the Purple Riders in a loss.
HOIC/McLean County Tournament
■ Tri-Valley 69, Blue Ridge 34. Jon Jones scored 10 points for the Knights in a semifinal loss.
■ LeRoy 47, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 31. The Panthers outscored DC-M 10-2 in the third quarter to pull away to a win in the consolation championship. Dalton Stewart scored 16 points for LeRoy.
Okaw Valley Tournament
■ Unity 65, Tuscola 62. The Rockets overcame an eight-point deficit after the first quarter to win at home behind Matt Restad’s 20 points. Nick Bates fired in 20 of his game-high 22 points for the Warriors in the second half.
■ Warrensburg-Latham 65, Sullivan 48. Cody Maxedon, Nick Frerichs and Mitch Molzen scored 12 points apiece for the Redskins in a home loss. Frerichs also grabbed 11 rebounds.
■ Meridian 71, Argenta-Oreana 56. The Bombers allowed 48 first-half points and couldn’t recover in a loss. Keegan McHood led a balanced A-O attack with 14 points.
■ Urbana 36, Eisenhower 35. Conner Gremer’s short basket with 12 seconds left was the difference as the Tigers prevailed at home. The Panthers never got off a final shot attempt. Donald McKinley scored 15 points for Urbana, and Gremer finished with 12 points.
■ Normal Community 59, Danville 39. Marcus Merriweather scored 10 points for the Vikings in a road defeat. Daniel Carter finished with seven points and 11 rebounds for Danville.
■ St. Thomas More 64, Iroquois West 43. Steve Carroll’s 16 points lifted the Sabers to a home victory. Keaton Zirkle led the Raiders with 16 points.
■ Bismarck-Henning 51, Westville 41. The Blue Devils won at home behind Wilde Garowski’s 18 points. Tanner Cox tossed in five three-pointers and scored 18 points for Salt Fork.
■ Decatur Christian 72, Urbana Uni High 37. George Voulgaris scored 11 points for the Illineks in a home loss.
■ Schlarman 58, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 35. Andrew Kelley scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Hilltoppers pull away to a home win. Kyle Coburn and Dylan Bina scored seven points apiece for the Buffaloes.
■ Chrisman 59, Armstrong-Potomac 45. Austin Merritt and Ty Bolen scored 20 and 18 points, respectively, to lead the Cardinals to a road victory. Blake Davis and Dentler Loschen combined for 25 points for A-P.
■ Teutopolis 66, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 27. The Panthers were no match for the fifth-ranked team in Class 2A.
“T-Town, year-in and year-out, is one of the top programs in the state of Illinois,” PBL head coach Scot Vogel said. “I think it’s good for us to play teams like that and see the subtle little things that they do that make them a great program. We’ve been pretty successful here a little bit, and we’ve just got to realize that it’s always the little things that you do that make the difference.”
After PBL’s Tyler Rubarts initiated the scoring with a three-pointer to put his team up 3-0, Jared Waldhoff intercepted a Panthers pass and raced toward a fastbreak layup.
That set the tone early, as the Wooden Shoes went on an 18-4 run to end the first quarter with a 20-7 lead.
“Right now, we’re fighting ourselves more than anything,” Vogel said. “A lot of their scores early in the game that really set the tone was off our lack of execution on the offensive. They got some easy runouts where we kind of forced the action.”
After being held scoreless through the first three quarters, Jay Eshleman tallied 10 points in the final period to finish the game as PBL’s leading scorer.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well,” Vogel said. “Jay finally came alive there a little bit in the last four minutes of the game, but it was too little, too late.”
— Andrew Rosten
In girls’ basketball
HOIC/McLean County Tournament
■ Fisher 45, Lexington 42. The Bunnies captured the consolation championship behind Caitlin’s Cole’s 12 points and Sydney Blackwell’s 10 points.
■ Salt Fork 46, Hoopeston Area 41. Kalyn Learnard scored six of her eight points in overtime to lift the Storm to a road win. Taylor vice led Salt Fork with 10 points, including four in OT. Sarah Dixon paced the Cornjerkers with 13 points.
■ Chillicothe Calvary Baptist 33, Danville First Baptist 25. The Knights fell on the road despite Rachel Wells’ 11 points.