CHAMPAIGN — Centennial clinched a berth in a Class 3A regional championship game in convincing fashion with a 80-60 blowout win against Urbana on Tuesday night at Combes Gym.
Urbana, fresh off an impressive playoff victory against Rantoul on Monday, could not duplicate the magic and pull off an upset.
“The effort was there,” Urbana coach Vashoune Russell said. “The shots that we made last night, we didn’t make tonight. That was the biggest difference in the game.”
Urbana trailed 7-5 midway through the first period before Centennial went on an 11-2 run to end the quarter. The Chargers led by double digits the rest of the way.
The combination of Centennial’s pressure and Khalil Toombs propelled the Chargers to an 18-point halftime advantage.
“I just knew we had to go out there and play big,” Toombs said.
He scored 14 of his 16 points in that first half.
The second half was the Michael Finke show.
“I came out aggressive,” the Illinois signee said. “I got a couple of dunks and was just playing tough.”
He scored 22 of his game-high 26 points in the second half.
“That’s how Michael is,” Chargers coach Tim Lavin said. “He’s going to continue to play hard and get things to the basket.”
Urbana’s Marcus Catchings did all he could, scoring 20 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. The Tigers could get no closer than 15 points.
Centennial now awaits the winner of tonight’s game between Champaign Central and Mahomet-Seymour.
The Chargers split two regualr season matchups with the Maroons, as each team won on its home court.
Centennial defeated Mahomet-Seymour 67-52 in their only meeting this season.
“ ‘Move on’ is the motto,” Lavin said.
Class 4A Regional
Danville 63, Bradley-Bourbonnais 49. The fifth-seeded Vikings knocked off the top seed behind Denzell Smith’s double-double (33 points, 12 rebounds) in the semifinals. Danville will attempt to win its first regional title since 2001 when it faces third-seeded Normal Community on Friday night.
Class 3A Regional
Morris 53, Prairie Central 39. The fifth-seeded Hawks were outscored 15-5 in the second quarter and couldn’t recover from a 13-point halftime deficit in a semifinal loss to top-seeded Morris.
Ed Shafer scored 11 points to lead a balanced PC attack. Three other Hawks scored between seven and nine points.