Saturday's prep highlights: Chitty helps Judah start with a bang
In boys’ basketball
■ Decatur Christian 49, Urbana Uni High 46. The Illineks nearly pulled off a late rally after trailing 42-26 to start the fourth quarter of their quarterfinal game. PATRICK WONG (18 points) and GEORGE VOULGARIS (10 points, 10 rebounds) paced Uni.
■ Judah Christian 62, DeLand-Weldon 25. ETHAN CHITTY dropped in 20 points on the strength of four three-pointers for the Tribe. JAY WOODS had 11 points for the Eagles.
■ Decatur Lutheran 91, Buckley Christ Lutheran 15. The Crusaders fell behind 28-4 at the end of the first quarter and could never catch up.
■ Paxton-Buckley-Loda 37, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 35. PBL has bragging rights on its Ford County rival after Drew Schrodt found a wide-open Axl Denault for the winning layup in the closing seconds.
“We were concerned about Schrodt, so we jumped on the pick-and-roll thinking he would hit something over the top, and he made a nice play to hit (Denault) rolling,” GCMS coach Ryan Tompkins said. “It looked similar to the shot the Illini won off of (Thursday).”
PBL (14-11) scored the game-winning basket after Jay Eshleman stole an inbounds pass.
“Jay made a great steal,” PBL coach Scot Vogel said. “Drew made a great read. Axl rolled to the rim, and we were able to convert.”
Denault’s clutch layup ended a 20-11 second-half run that saw the Falcons (7-17) take a 28-26 lead in the early stages of the fourth quarter and tie the game at 35 with a little more than three minutes remaining.
“We just went ice cold in the second half there,” Vogel said. “We were getting shots. We just couldn’t get anything to fall. I was proud of our kids for overcoming that adversity where ... you struggle against a big rival and you still find a way to win.”
■ Springfield Southeast 73, Champaign Central 58. KAMERON ROWAN led the Maroons with a team-high 17 points while CHRIS HUTCHISON contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.
■ Pleasant Plains 38, St. Joseph-Ogden 34. In a meeting of two Class 2A state-ranked teams at the Riverton Shootout, the Spartans led 29-26 to start the fourth quarter but could not hold on. DALTON WALSH hit four three-pointers en route to a team-high 12 points.
■ Cerro Gordo 63, Hartsburg-Emden 61. NATHAN LOVEKAMP made five three-pointers to finish with a game-high 19 points, and the Broncos received 14 points apiece from COLE BLICKENSDERFER and JOSH HAYES during their win at the Mason City Shootout.
■ Milford 47, Iroquois West 44. JEFF CANN (12 points) and JOSH KILLION (11 points) sparked the host Bearcats on their Senior Night. KEATON ZIRKLE (17 points) led Iroquois West.
In girls’ basketball
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■ Arthur Okaw Christian 44, Providence Cristo Rey 33. KAMI TABER had 16 points and nine rebounds, while HANNA ERWIN added nine points and seven rebounds during AOC’s win in Indianapolis.
■ Horizon Christian 54, Arthur Okaw Christian 40. Taber supplied 20 points while Erwin had 10 points and 10 rebounds in Indianapolis.