Saturday's prep highlights: Finke, Chargers go 2-0

Saturday's prep highlights: Finke, Chargers go 2-0

In boys’ basketball


Centennial 80, Cahokia 57. The Chargers shot 64.3 percent and took control with a 19-6 second-quarter surge in rolling to the win. Illini signee Michael Finke scored 29 points on 13-of-19 shooting for Centennial and also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Teammate Steven Lee shot 8 of 12 en route to 17 points. Dedric Byrd (7 of 11) added 15 points for the Chargers.

Centennial 75, Chicago Harlan 65. The Chargers outscored Harlan 20-9 at the foul line and shot nearly 50 percent from the field in concluding the tournament with a win. Finke’s double-double (18 points, 15 rebounds) led Centennial, which also received 15 points from Byrd and 12 from Terrion Howard.

Lincoln 44, Danville 33. The Vikings were outscored 14-0 in points off turnovers in the loss. Danville committed 15 turnovers to Lincoln’s five. Denzell Smith and Kylen Butler scored 12 points apiece for the Vikings.

Morton 55, Danville 45. The Vikings struggled to score at the start of each half and allowed 57.6 percent shooting. Smith scored 19 points for Danville, which was outrebounded 31-18.


Champaign Central 49, Springfield 41. The Maroons built a 36-21 halftime lead and held off a comeback attempt. Central finished second in the Uftring Auto Group Invitational portion of the tournament with a 2-1 record. Jamal Stovall and Dominique Brize combined for 25 points for the Maroons (2-2). Sean Suggs and Jabari Freeman each grabbed seven rebounds for Central.


Urbana 61, Algonquin Jacobs 59. The Tigers rolled to a 33-19 halftime lead, then withstood a rally for their first win. Conner Gremer fired in 23 points and grabbed six rebounds for Urbana (1-2). Shimaaz Ivy added 13 points for the Tigers.


Galesburg 82, Rantoul 66. The Eagles fell behind 50-31 at halftime and couldn’t recover. Talon Hardin scored 21 points for Rantoul and freshman teammate Kevonte Williams added 15.

Rantoul 83, East Peoria 68. The Eagles (2-3) bounced back behind all-tourney pick Hardin’s 24 points, which included 11-of-12 free throw shooting. Teammate Johnny Jones scored 14 points, all in the second half, and was 9 of 10 at the foul line.


PBL 49, Manteno 29. The Panthers held Manteno to a combined seven points in the second and third quarters and rolled to victory in the championship game. Led by all-tournament pick Drew Schrodt (10 points), 11 PBL players scored. Jay Eshleman and Tyler Rubarts joined teammate Schrodt on the all-tournament team.

Oakwood 53, Beecher 37. All-tournament pick Parker Lee scored all of his game-high 20 points in the first three quarters, propelling the Comets to a win in the fifth-place game.

Armstrong-Potomac 47, Grant Park 38. The Trojans overcame a three-point first quarter, holding Grant Park scoreless in the second period en route to victory in the seventh-place game. Dentler Loschen went 7 of 8 at the foul line and scored a game-high 18 points for A-P.


Blue Ridge 67, GCMS 53. The Knights took command with a 22-10 second-quarter surge and scored 24 more points in the third period to handily win the championship game. After a scoreless first quarter, Michael Plunk racked up 26 points for Blue Ridge. Tyler Hinshaw led the Falcons with 16 points.

Olympia 67, Prairie Central 27. Hayden Wenger scored 10 points, all in the first half, for the Hawks in their fifth-place-game loss.

Fisher 62, Clinton 45. A 23-5 second-quarter spurt lifted the Bunnies to a win in the seventh-place game. Kyle Williams sank four three-pointers and scored 19 points for Fisher. Camryn Ward paced the Maroons with 11 points.


Bismarck-Henning 60, Hoopeston Area 41. Wilde Garowski scored 16 points, and three teammates also reached double figures for the Blue Devils in a runaway. Brennan Crose finished with a game-high 17 points for the Cornjerkers.

Bismarck-Henning 53, LeRoy 35. The Blue Devils outscored LeRoy 30-11 in the middle two quarters to take command. Garowski and Dylan Allen led B-H with 13 points apiece. Matt Chastain of the Panthers scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the first half.

LeRoy 66, Iroquois West 39. Nick Aupperle scored 21 points and Matt Chastain added 17 to pace the Panthers. Austin Zirkle and Wesley Grant tallied 12 points apiece for the Raiders.

Iroquois West 69, Donovan 40. The Raiders racked up 44 points in the first half in rolling to the victory. Zirkle scored a game-high 23 points for IW, and teammate Zach Small added 14.


Meridian 56, Arthur Okaw Christian 46. The Conquering Riders were within five points entering the fourth quarter but could not rally in the road loss. Isaiah Lowry led AOC with 10 points.

In girls’ basketball

St. Thomas More 76, Oak Park Fenwick 43. The Sabers, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, improved to 7-0 by rolling past the 15th-ranked team in Class 4A in a neutral-site game at Kankakee. Liz Bristow (12 points, 11 rebounds)  and Tori McCoy (17 points, 10 rebounds) produced double-doubles for STM, which now has four victories against ranked opponents. Lexi Wallen scored a team-high 19 points for the Sabers.

Meridian 78, Arthur Okaw Christian 33. Amanda Franklin had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Conquering Riders in a road loss.

In wrestling

At Bradley. Javeonte Crider (120 pounds), Gabriel Cross (132) and Traevon Wilson (152) each went 3-0 for Danville in a quadrangular meet at Bradley-Bourbonnais.

At Dwight. Darius Daniels (120) had a pair of pins for Unity, which went 1-2 in a quadrangular meet. Colton Reed (195) of the Rockets went 3-0, including a pin and a technical fall.

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