Friday's highlights: Finke, Centennial come alive late
In boys’ basketball
AT Okaw Valley Tourney
■ Sullivan 62, Clinton 37. ANDY BROWN poured in a game-high 19 points, and the Redskins steadily pulled away. NICK FRERICHS added 10 points for Sullivan. JACOB OVERTON led Clinton with 10 points.
■ Tuscola 57, Argenta-Oreana 54. NICK BATES helped Tuscola rally past the Bombers with a team-high 17 points. Tuscola, which trailed 34-24 at halftime, received 14 points from DUSTIN HAAKE as the Warriors outscored A-O 19-10 in the third quarter. KEEGAN McHOOD led the Bombers with 19 points and TYLER HEMMEN tossed in 14.
■ Unity 56, Shelbyville 44. Three players finished in double figures to help the Rockets win the consolation championship. MATT RESTAD scored a game-high 20 points, while MITCH NEGANGARD contributed 12 and JOSH LARSON added 10.
■ Centennial 51, Eisenhower 42. Illinois commitment MICHAEL FINKE finished with 15 points and six rebounds as the visiting Chargers overcame a sluggish performance on the road. DEDRIC BYRD (12 points) and LUKE VAUGHN (seven points, 12 rebounds) also pitched in for the Chargers, who only led 32-28 at the start of the fourth quarter.
“We just could never really pull away,” Centennial coach TIM LAVIN said. “They kind of slowed the game down a bit. It was just a tough game. We never got in a rhythm, but any road win is a good win at this point.”
■ Normal Community 58, Champaign Central 41. KAMERON ROWAN finished with 11 points, but the Maroons stumbled on the road, trailing 19-7 at the end of the first quarter and 35-16 at halftime. ISIAH SMITH added seven points.
■ Normal West 41, Danville 38. Normal West hit 8 of 9 free throws in the fourth quarter to fend off the host Vikings. Marcus Merriweather scored 12 points and Trent Sherfield added 10 for Danville.
■ Bloomington 71, Urbana 66. Donald McKinley racked up 24 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers in a home loss. Shimaaz Ivy and Greg Boyd added 10 points apiece for Urbana.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 43, Bloomington Central Catholic 40. SAM HOHLFELDER dropped in a game-high 15 points and CONNOR DIEDRICH contributed 11 points as the host Bulldogs overcame a 20-15 halftime deficit.
■ Eureka 76, Rantoul 51. JOHNNY JONES had 11 points to pace the visiting Eagles, while TALON HARDIN added eight points. Rantoul trailed 33-19 at halftime and could not recover, falling behind 57-33 to start the fourth quarter.
■ Prairie Central 35, Pontiac 27. KYLER HOFFMAN hit three three-pointers and went 4 of 4 at the foul line to score a game-high 15 points for the host Hawks. ED SHAFER and ADDISON BOUNDS each added eight points.
■ Bismarck-Henning 53, Schlarman 41. Austin Reinken scored nine of his team-high 11 points to lead the Blue Devils to a home win. Michael Simmons sank three three-pointers and paced the Hilltoppers with 13 points.
■ Salt Fork 56, Oakwood 45. MAX STUTSMAN had 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half to pull the visiting Storm past the Comets. ROSS LEARNARD (10 points) and ALEC DUTTON (nine points) chipped in for Salt Fork. PARKER LEE paced Oakwood with a game-high 22 points and KYLE ELLIOTT added 15.
■ Westville 65, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 31. TANNER COX scored 17 points and KYLE BRAZAS chipped in 15 points for the host Tigers, who darted to a 20-3 lead after the first quarter. ROBERT ELLIOTT and LAYN WHITE each added nine points for Westville. GARRETT MARTIN had seven points to lead the Buffaloes.
■ Milford 67, Armstrong-Potomac 41. The visiting Bearcats received 19 points from JEFF CANN and 18 points from ALEX PORTWOOD to rout the winless Trojans. BLAKE DAVIS had 12 points while WADE ROGERS and SHAWN JOHNSON each had 11 points for A-P.
■ Martinsville 51, Villa Grove 48. GABE PALMER scored a team-high 16 points, but the Blue Devils could not pull out a home win. LUCAS VANDEVENTER and AUSTIN HUBBART each added eight points for Villa Grove.
■ Cerro Gordo 62, Atwood-Hammond 39. JOSH HAYES (19), COLE BLICKENSDERFER (15) and JACOB WEEDMAN (11) scored in double figures to lead the visiting Broncos. ANDY WEBB, who had 12 points for the Rajahs, is one point shy of 1,000 for his career.
■ Heritage 62, Arcola 49. Heritage took command with a 21-point second quarter and went on to win on the road. John Taylor paced the Hawks with 18 points. Arcola lost despite 26 points by Nick Hudson.
■ Judah Christian 57, Arthur Okaw Christian 33. The Tribe had four players in double figures and cruised to the home win. ETHAN CHITTY (14 points, eight rebounds), NICK BERGER (12 points, eight rebounds), KRYS McCLURE (12 points, eight rebounds) and DYLAN HAMILTON (10 points) led the way for Judah Christian, which held Arthur Okaw Christian to five combined points in the second and third quarters.
■ Urbana Uni High 67, Normal Calvary Christian 55. GEORGE VOULGARIS (21 points, 14 rebounds) and TAHARKA BARAKA (20 points, 12 rebounds) each had double-doubles to spark the visiting Illineks, who only led 40-38 to start the fourth quarter. PATRICK WONG added 14 points and seven assists.
■ Flanagan-Cornell 72, LeRoy 45. The Panthers were outscored 22-8 in the second quarter and couldn’t recover in a home loss. Joe Chastian scored 17 points for LeRoy, which saw F-C sink 10 of 19 three-point shots.
■ Ridgeview 46, GCMS 36. Trevor McIntosh went 8 for 8 at the foul line in the fourth quarter to help the Mustangs pull away to a road victory. Josh Weier scored a game-high 18 points for Ridgeview. Wiley Hasty led GCMS with 13 points.
In girls’ basketball
■ Mattoon 46, Monticello 39. Elise Pontious had eight points and six rebounds for the Sages in a road loss. Chrissy Gadbury also scored eight points for Monticello.