Friday's highlights: SJ-O wins SVC title
B-H 56, A-P 36. AUSTIN TOLER scored eight of his 16 points in the first quarter as Bismarck-Henning made quick work of Armstrong-Potomac. ANDY BOTT added 15 points in the win, sinking four three-pointers. CHASE CONNELLY chipped in nine points for the Blue Devils. WADE ROGERS led the Trojans with 20 points.
St. Joseph-Ogden 57, St. Thomas More 54. The Spartans clinched the Sangamon Valley title, improving to 7-0 in the conference with a narrow home win. Nate Michael led SJ-O (24-3) with 18 points. Brent Schulter, who scored the go-ahead basket for the Spartans with less than 20 seconds left, added 16 points.
Unity 56, Shelbyville 47. MITCH NEGANGARD scored 19 points and MATT RESTAD added 10 for the Rockets, who raced to an early lead and hung on. CODY INNES and ZACK THORSON each chipped in seven points in a balanced scoring attack.
Monticello 68, Warrensburg-Latham 43. Matt Kruse scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Sages to a road victory. With the win, Monticello reached 20 victories in a season for the 30th time in the program’s 97-year history. Nick Stokowski had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Sages.
Tuscola 49, A-O 40. CHRISTIAN WOOD scored 13 points and DUSTIN HAAKE added 11 points and seven rebounds as the host Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter. NICK BATES had nine points in the win. For Argenta-Oreana, KEEGAN McHOOD had 15 points and seven rebounds.
M-S 46, Eureka 42. Host Mahomet-Seymour went on a 25-9 second-half run, including an 8-1 edge in the fourth quarter, to rally past Eureka. SAM HOHLFELDER made 4 of 7 three-point shots to finish with a team-high 16 points for the Bulldogs, who got 14 points from CONNOR DIEDRICH. GRANT FARCHMIN added six points and six rebounds for M-S, which won despite 39.5 percent shooting.
Normal U-High 78, Rantoul 52. The Pioneers used a 20-4 first-quarter run to take control, Ohio State recruit KEITA BATES-DIOP sharing team-high scoring honors with 14 points. TALON HARDIN led the Eagles with 11 points.
Schlarman 57, Oakwood 43. ANDREW KELLEY sparked the Hilltoppers early, scoring 14 of his 23 points in the first half. Kelley added 10 rebounds. AUSTIN CALHOUN chipped in 14 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, and MICHAEL SIMMONS had 10 points in the win. KYLE ELLIOTT had 21 points and PARKER LEE had 15 for the Comets, who rallied in the second half.
Chrisman 60, G-RF 45. TY BOLEN scored 25 points and DALTON HOULT added 17 as the Cardinals pulled away in the second half. KYLE COBURN led Georgetown-Ridge Farm with 15 points.
A-L 81, Martinsville 35. Thirteen players scored for Arthur-Lovington, which led 22-9 after one quarter. CURTIS PLANK led the way with 21 points, including four three-pointers. ANDREW MAXWELL had 16 points and JEREMY PLANK had 14.
Thanks to their win and Shiloh’s loss, the Knights won the LOVC title outright.
Cissna Park 46, Iroquois West 27. ALEX RABE scored 12 of his team-high 14 points in the second half as Cissna Park made an early lead stand up. BEAU ANDERSON added nine points and BEN JENNINGS had eight for the Timberwolves. AUSTIN ZIRKLE led the Raiders with 16 points.
Momence 57, PBL 31. Visiting Paxton-Buckley-Loda was held to 10 first-half points. AXL DENAULT led the Panthers with 12 points.
Maroa-Forsyth 50, Sullivan 39. CADEN MAY led the Redskins, who were outscored 16-6 in the fourth quarter, with nine points.
Okaw Valley 58, Villa Grove 46. The host Blue Devils fell behind 21-5 in the first quarter and never recovered. LUCAS VANDEVENTER had 22 points and GABE PALMER 10 in the losing effort.
Prairie Central 68, Olympia 48. The Hawks used a 25-10 second-quarter run to pull away. KYLER HOFFMAN had 21 points and LANE MAUER added 10 in the win.
Arthur Okaw Christian 56, Arcola 38. Isaiah Lowry scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Conquering Riders to a road victory. Okaw Christian outscored Arcola 34-17 in the middle two quarters to take command. Reed Strader sank three three-pointers and paced the Purple Riders with 13 points.
Ridgeview 59, Tremont 27. The Mustangs held Tremont to single-digit scoring in each quarter in rolling to a home win. Ten different players scored for Ridgeview, which was led by Josh Weier’s 12 points and eight rebounds.
Fieldcrest 79, Fisher 45. Kyle Williams scored 16 points and Hans Carmien added 14 for the Bunnies in a road loss.
Salt Fork 62, Westville 53. The Storm overcame a 25-point performance by Westville’s Kyle Brazas to prevail at home. Max Stutsman scored 18 points for Salt Fork, which led by two at halftime before outscoring the Tigers 35-27 thereafter. Cole Taylor added 16 points for the Storm.
Heritage 55, Shiloh 49. John Taylor’s 20 points and 10 rebounds lifted the Hawks to a home win. Austin Dickey added 13 points for Heritage, which rallied from a 12-8 first-quarter deficit. Cole Bogle and Cyrus Furgeson scored 16 points apiece for Shiloh.
Milford 53, Hoopeston Area 51. The Bearcats hit 9 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold off the host Cornjerkers. Josh Killion scored 18 points for Milford, and Jeff Cann added 15. Daniel Lawson paced Hoopeston Area with 17 points.
Judah Christian 71, Cornerstone 67. In the third-place game, ETHAN CHITTY sank three three-pointers and finished with 23 points to lift the Tribe. Chitty had 10 rebounds. DYLAN HAMILTON added 19 points and three others scored seven for Judah Christian, which led 42-25 after the first half. NICK BERGER led the Tribe with 13 rebounds.