Shootout roundup: Austin, Bartley impress
Lanphier 50, Manual 34
Larry Austin Jr. The Tennessee recruit didn’t play much of the fourth quarter as he dealt with a leg cramp, but he still led all scorers with 13 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. He was 5 of 16 from the field, but he wasn’t afraid of taking the ball to the basket. Plus, he was virtually everywhere on defense, coming up with five steals.
Plenty of turnovers. Both teams showed jitters early, but the Lions’ 16-2 first quarter held up. Manual turned the ball over 31 times. Lanphier turned the ball over 24 times. Not very good, but not uncommon in an early-season matchup against two teams that like to play pressure defense. Leroy Smith, a sophomore forward for Manual and nephew of former Illini Marcus Griffin, led the Rams with 10 points, while freshman Da’Monte Williams, son of former Illinois guard Frank Williams, scored the Rams’ first basket but finished with two points.
What was said
■ “We didn’t handle the ball well at all, and that’s a credit to Lanphier. They get after it with their pressure and their presses. We knew that coming in, but we didn’t do a good job of adjusting. We’ve got to get better at taking care of the ball. With a team full of guards, there’s no explanation for that.” — Peoria Manual coach Derrick Booth
■ “Playing our press game, we tried to speed them up, create turnovers and get easy transition buckets. We’ve just been working on that a lot. It was a fun experience. The rims were rattling a little, but you’ve just got to get used to it.” — Austin Jr.
“Larry’s our leader. We go as Larry goes. I think Larry was great. He got a cramp late in the game, but that’s when other guys stepped up. I thought Xavier (Bishop) did a really good job once Larry went down. I saw Larry sitting over there injured. Last year he was begging to get back in games and he’d try to play on one leg, but I think his leadership and his trust in his teammates allowed him to sit there, be comfortable and know that those guys could get the job done.” — Lanphier coach Blake Turner
MacArthur 62, Galesburg 59
Marcus Bartley. The Saint Louis-bound guard did a little bit of everything. Scoring. Distributing. Leading. The 6-foot-4 guard isn’t the bulkiest guard you’ll see, but he effectively broke down the Silver Streaks’ defense. On multiple occasions. Bartley finished with a game-high 22 points and had four assists while going 12 of 12 from the free throw line. Oh, and he added two three-pointers. There wasn’t much the Division I guard didn’t showcase.
Both teams kept it close throughout, but the Generals pulled away down the stretch after leading most of the game. A three-pointer by Galesburg sophomore guard Ethan Meeker (team-high 21 points) cut MacArthur’s lead to 60-59 in the final minute. But Bartley sank two free throws and the Generals blocked a desperation heave from 30 feet by Grant Gibson (20 points) at the buzzer.
What was said
■ “He’s been with me for four years. He’s like a son of mine. He kept making plays for us at the end of the game. He’s a finisher. He’s a ballplayer. He has a short memory, and he came into this game and played well.” — Decatur MacArthur coach Felipe Phillips on Bartley, his standout guard
■ “It was great to play here. It’s a nice arena. We just had to focus on getting stops. We got kind of lackadaisical on the defensive end and let them back into the game, but we got the stops when they counted.” — Bartley
■ “We didn’t play real well for about 31/2 quarters for some reason. We couldn’t seem to get it up the floor the way we like, but it was a lot of fun. We usually play on a Saturday anyway, so if you’re going to play, you might as well play here. I think our guys had a lot of fun. We didn’t play as well as we’re capable of, but that has a lot to do with (MacArthur).” — Galesburg coach Mike Reynolds
Geneva 61, Bloomington 57
Nate Navigato. Wow. There’s a reason the Class of 2015 forward has three Division I offers. More should arrive for the multi-talented junior. The 6-foot-7 Navigato finished with 41 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field and 19 of 23 on free throws. Navigato was used in a handful of ways. He brought the ball up the court. He displayed a soft shooting touch from outside. He’ll most likely hear frequently from college coaches after the show he put on. It was the most complete game by any player all day at the Shootout.
Nate Navigato happened. After a slow start, the Vikings relied on their playmaking forward in the second half. As well they should. Navigato will become a marked man in the western suburbs of Chicago after his breakout game. Both teams struggled shooting it early, but Bloomington got back into the game with its defense. A slow start was followed up with a superb second half, but Navigato clearly was the best player on the floor. And the reason Geneva headed back north with a win against a quality Bloomington program, which received 20 points from Antonio Sims.
What was said
■ “We couldn’t feed Nate enough. If anything, we want to see it a little bit more often. We know he’s capable. He can step out and shoot. He can post up. He played a whale of a game. He’s already got three offers and close to 20 schools looking at him. Anyone who saw him (Saturday night) knows why.” — Geneva coach Phil Ralston
■ “Getting to the free throw line was really key. When I was in the post, they’d look for me, and I’d just really try to seal my man off. I just tried to really draw contact and get to the line. ... It’s definitely going to be something I look back on, especially because it was here at State Farm Center.” — Navigato
■ “To have an opportunity for our kids to come out here, it shows where we’ve come from. Two years ago I was with these guys as sophomores and now they’re playing as seniors at the State Farm Center.” — Bloomington coach Michael Mosley