Wednesday's highlights: Sages have plenty in reserve
In boys’ basketball
Class 2A Regionals
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 79, Oakwood 30. BRENT SCHLUTER tallied a game-high 17 points and LOUIS ACKLIN chipped in 11 for the top-seeded Spartans, who had no problem advancing to the regional championship game at Hoopeston. NATE MICHAEL and DALTON WALSH each scored eight points for SJ-O, which led 41-16 at halftime. PARKER LEE dropped in 14 points for Oakwood.
■ Bismarck-Henning 52, Westville 44. AUSTIN TOLER scored a team-high 20 points and the Blue Devils will get a rematch of last year’s regional championship game against SJ-O after winning in Hoopeston. WILDE GAROWSKI added eight points for B-H, which led 33-22 at the end of the third quarter. Westville’s TANNER COX led all scorers with 22 points on the strength of five threes.
■ Monticello 60, Sullivan 36. It doesn’t matter if Monticello’s high-scoring junior participates in lineup introductions or if he comes off the bench — NICK STOKOWSKI’s going to get the job done one way or another.
Stokowski, the Sages’ leading scorer at 16.1 points per game, scored 11 points in the fourth quarter as Monticello stretched its lead to 25 points before bringing in the reserves.
“It’s an adjustment, but I feel like I just have to do the same stuff,” Stokowski said.
Senior PARKER TRICE got his third straight start after playing a key role off the bench for most of the season. Trice earned the starting nod for his defensive expertise and limited Sullivan sharp-shooter ANDY BROWN (11 points).
“Parker Trice has just been busting his butt all year long,” Monticello coach KEVIN ROY said. “I feel like, defensively and matchupwise, Parker was the better fit out there tonight. He’s been doing a nice job. It’s more of a reward for effort on Parker’s part. We do have confidence in him out there and he’s earned a spot. That’s not to take anything away from Nick because he’s always going to provide points and he’s always going to provide rebounds. It does make it a little easier to go to the bench, bringing him in and knowing we’re going to get some instant offense.”
Senior RYAN DONOHUE tallied 14 points and senior MATT KRUSE added 10 for Monticello.
“I thought we moved the ball well, got pretty good shot selection,” Roy said. “Donohue stepped up early in the game and knocked down open shots to make them come out and guard him. He did a nice job with his shot selection and then cutting to the basket and attacking off the dribble.”
■ Unity 65, St. Thomas More 48. The third-seeded Rockets will get a shot at Monticello after handling STM in the second regional semifinal in Sullivan. ZACK THORSON hit four threes en route to 14 points, while JOSH LARSON made three threes and scored 11 for Unity, which made 10 threes during the game. MITCH NEGANGARD also contributed 11 points for the Rockets. STORM JOOP led the Sabers with 18 points.
■ Clifton Central 44, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 29. After falling behind 11-5 late in the first quarter, PBL (16-13) went on an 11-6 run, led by seven points from DREW SCHRODT, to decrease its deficit to one in the second quarter. From there, however, top-seeded Clifton Central (19-9) scored the last four points of the first half and outscored the fourth-seeded Panthers 23-13 in the second half to pull away.
“I thought there were times when we played well, and then there were times where we weren’t. That just kind of sums up how (this season has) been — up and down,” PBL coach SCOT VOGEL said.
Besides Schrodt, who scored a game-high 13 points, no other PBL player scored more than six.
“Shooting was the key thing,” Vogel said. “We have to make sure we get in the gym over the summer.”
■ Momence 56, Watseka 50. AUSTIN BLAIR had 13 points to pace the Warriors, while AUSTIN HASSELBRING chipped in nine for Watseka, which led 24-16 at halftime before it was outscored 19-7 in the third quarter.
Class 1A Regionals
■ Arthur-Lovington 68, Atwood-Hammond 33. EVAN SEEGMILLER had a team-high 11 points for the Knights, who had 14 players score in the regional semifinal win at Arcola. ANDREW MAXWELL and NICK MARTINA each contributed eight points for A-L, which jumped out to an 18-4 lead at the end of the first quarter before going into halftime ahead 44-18. ANDY WEBB had 10 points to pace A-H.
■ Okaw Valley 51, Arcola 17. The Purple Riders received six points from QUINTON RISLEY, but host Arcola only managed three points in the second half after trailing 30-14 at halftime.
■ Cissna Park 59, Villa Grove 36. The top-seeded Timberwolves rolled to a win in Broadlands behind 23 points from ALEX RABE and 22 from COLE HASSELBRING. GABE PALMER had a team-high 16 points for Villa Grove.
■ Heritage 49, Judah Christian 46. The host Hawks held on to advance to the regional championship in Broadlands, with BRANDON RICHARDSON scoring 17 points, JOHN TAYLOR 13 points and AUSTIN DICKEY nine. LOGAN CHITTY had 13 points for the Tribe, while NICK BERGER and DYLAN HAMILTON produced 10 points apiece.
■ Ridgeview 41, Heyworth 20. JOSH WEIER scored a game-high 16 points for the Mustangs, who held Heyworth to 10 points combined in the second and third quarters as they raced out to a 32-14 lead in Colfax. TREY McCORMICK added nine points for Ridgview.