PBL falls in regional title game
WATSEKA — A regional championship was not in the cards for Paxton-Buckley-Loda, which lost 65-48 Friday to Clifton Central in the Class 2A Watseka Regional final.
For seniors Drew Schrodt, Tyler Rubarts, Weston Weber, Jay Eshleman, Vaughn Gentzler and Garrett Rigsby, it was the last game in a Panthers uniform.
“They’ve worked very hard,” PBL coach Scot Vogel said. “Hat’s off to them. For them to not have their best game is disappointing. Clifton had something to do with that. They made plays and we didn’t.”
In the first half, the Comets’ Justin Lemenager scored 22 points, including three three-pointers. Lemenager finished with 30 points.
“(Lemenager’s) a good player,” Vogel said. “You have to be conscious of him at all times on the defensive end, but what it comes down to is that we didn’t make plays on the defensive end.”
Jeremy Walder kept PBL (18-9) within striking distance in the second quarter with six points as the Panthers went into halftime trailing 34-23.
Schrodt had a team-high 13 points, while Walder added 12.
Paris 54, Sullivan 45. The top-seeded Redskins cut a 13-point halftime deficit to five entering the fourth quarter but couldn’t complete the comeback in a title-game loss to the No. 2 seed at Paris.
Sophomore Alec Ballinger scored a team-high 15 points for Sullivan. Derrek Stain (11 points) and Ty Molzen (10) also scored in double figures for the Redskins.
Arthur-Lovington 44, Arcola 26. Jeremy Plank and Colton Yeakley combined for 13 of their team’s 16 second-quarter points, helping the top-seeded Knights pull away en route to winning the title game at Arthur.
A-L outscored the Purple Riders 16-6 in the second period to grab a 22-12 halftime lead. Yeakley finished with a game-high 14 points, while Curtis Plank (10 points) also reached double figures. Jeremy Plank scored all of his seven points in the pivotal second quarter.
Wyatt Fishel paced second-seeded Arcola with 12 points.
Salt Fork 51, Milford 45. Propelled by Max Stutsman’s 21 points, the third-seeded Storm knocked off the top seed in the title game at Catlin. Teammate Ross Learnard, who sank three three-pointers, contributed 17 points.
Jacob Rogers and Alex Portwood combined for 31 points for Milford.
Heyworth 70, LeRoy 41. Matt Chastain scored 20 points for the fourth-seeded Panthers in a title-game loss to the third seed at Farmer City. Heyworth outscored LeRoy 47-22 after the first quarter.
St. Thomas More 85, Fisher 76. The top-seeded Sabers outscored the third-seeded hosts 29-9 at the foul line to capture the title. Mike Plecki, who sank 15 of 17 free throws, racked up 31 points for STM.
Clavin Davis (16 points), Storm Joop (16) and Douglas Wallen (15) also scored in double figures for the Sabers.
Grant Pointer led Fisher with 28 points, seven more than teammate Kyle Williams.