Prep highlights: Unity rockets past BHRA

Prep highlights: Unity rockets past BHRA

In boys' basketball

Unity 83, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 68. Unity found itself trailing by four points at halftime, but a second-half rally — spurred on by Jonathan Decker — saw the Rockets turn the tide in a 15-point win. Decker scored 21 of his game-high 30 points in the second half. He was joined in double figures by J.T. Wheeler and Ethan Miebach, who had 17 and 10 points, respectively, for Unity (5-0). Wyatt Edwards and Drew Reifsteck finished with 21 points apiece for BHRA (6-3), while Jared Dazey chipped in 15 points for the Blue Devils.

Bloomington 79, Champaign Central 76. Champaign Central rallied in the second half to force overtime in its Big 12 showdown with Bloomington, but the Purple Raiders held off a Maroons comeback in a three-point win. Tim Finke knocked down four three-pointers and led Central (4-3, 2-1 Big 12) with 29 points, and Khailieo Terry added 26 in the loss.

Monticello 63, Sullivan 27. Monticello remained unbeaten after making quick work of Sullivan, including holding the Redskins to single-digit scoring in all four quarters. Calvin Fisher had 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead the Sages (4-0), while Luke Stokowski chipped in 12 points in the win. Isaiah Plank's seven points were tops for Sullivan (3-5).

Shelbyville 69, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 51. An early deficit ballooned in the third quarter, as Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond dropped a nonconference home game to Shelbyville. Will Cohan led the Knights (2-5) with 15 points, while Colton Romine and Kobe Wells chipped in 10 points apiece.

Arthur Okaw Christian 61, Villa Grove/Heritrage 55. Arthur Okaw Christian gave away some of its halftime lead in the third quarter but retained enough to hold on to beat Villa Grove/Heritage in a close one. Trevor Beachy hit five three-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points for AOC (5-2), with Oliver Binion and Ian Lowry adding 15 points each for the Conquering Riders. Jared Stevens led VG/H (4-6) with 15 points.

Meridian 63, Argenta-Oreana 55. Argenta-Oreana turned a halftime deficit into a lead after three quarters, but Meridian outscored the Bombers 24-11 in the fourth quarter for the win. Ryan Gifford led A-O (1-6) with 15 points, Drew Johnson added 13 and Kyle Rigsby and Logan Batson finished with 10 points apiece.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 52, Prairie Central 49. Paxton-Buckley-Loda took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter against Prairie Central. Then the Panthers nearly gave it all away before holding on for the win. Mason Ecker made five three-pointers and led PBL (4-1) with 17 points. Eddie Shumaker had 14 points for the Hawks (4-4).

LeRoy 57, Heyworth 42. LeRoy had to contend with five Heyworth three-pointers as the Hornets tried to rally in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers held on for the Heart of Illinois Conference victory. Will Dooley and Nick Perry scored 16 points apiece — doing most of their damage at the free throw line, where they were 15 of 20 combined — and Payne Mayfield added 12 points for LeRoy (8-2, 4-1 HOIC) in the win.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibiley 75, Blue Ridge 39. Bryce Barnes and Ryland Holt both hit double digits by the end of the first quarter in a blowout HOIC victory for GCMS. Barnes led the Falcons (7-1, 3-0 HOIC) with 21 points. He was joined in double figures by Holt and Connor Birky with 14 points apiece and Lane Short's 12. Dane Houser paced Blue Ridge (2-6, 0-4) with 14 points.

Ridgeview 65, Eureka 47.Jacob Donaldson put up 32 points without hitting a three-pointer and added 10 rebounds and three assists to his standout overall performance as Ridgeview (7-1, 3-1 HOIC) used a big fourth quarter to top Eureka in conference play.

Tremont 76, Fisher 61. Fisher led after one quarter and was still hanging with Tremont at halftime, but a strong final two quarters by the Turks meant a fourth loss in five games for the Bunnies (5-4, 1-3 HOIC). Ryan Meents had 24 points to pace Fisher, with Jaden Jones-Watkins and Dalton Burk joining him in double figures with 18 and 10 points, respectively.

Decatur Lutheran 53, Uni High 52. A five-point halftime lead slipped away for Uni High as Decatur Lutheran rallied for the win in the final two quarters in the nonconference matchup. Noah Blue and Camden Coleman finished with 16 points apiece for the Illineks (6-5), and Paul DiAngelo added 11 points.

Danville First Baptist 72, Urbana Calvary Baptist 52. There was almost no stopping Kris Dixon and Elijah Tidwell on Friday night. Dixon scored a game-high 37 points, and Tidwell hit a pair of three-pointers as part of his 21 points as Danville First Baptist rolled.

Watseka Holiday Tournament

Watseka 46, Beecher 31. Watseka started strong defensively, holding Beecher to just 10 first-half points, and the Warriors maintained their 15-point advantage at the break the rest of the game. Ben Lyznicki had a game-high 14 points for Watseka (3-2), while Blake Castonguay added 13 points.

La Salette 64, Clifton Central 31. La Salette steadily built its lead in the first two quarters against Clifton Central before putting the Comets away for good with a 20-point third-quarter effort. Caleb Moss put up a game-high 19 points for the Lions (9-3), while 10 other La Salette players scored in the win.

Leader Classic

Cissna Park 59, Armstrong-Potomac 34. A trio of three-pointers from Bailey Sluis in the third quarter — of his five for the game — propeled Cissna Park to a 25-point victory after the Timberwolves (3-2) led by just nine at halftime. Christian Stadeli scored a game-high 20 points to lead Cissna Park, Sluis added 19 and Julian Stadeli chipped in 11 in the win. Shawn Reardon paced Armstrong-Potomac (3-9) with 18 points.

St. Joseph-Ogden 80, Chicago Longwood 49. St. Joseph-Ogden used a balanced scoring attack, with five players in double figures, as the Spartans (5-0) pulled away in the second half for the big win. Jordan Brooks led SJ-O with 18 points and scored 11 in the second half as the Spartans outscored the Panthers 42-18. Riley Baker chipped in 16 points for SJ-O, Jack Cook and Joel Orcutt had 14 apiece and Bryce Haake's 10 rounded out the top scorers.

Oakwood 45, Westville 42. Oakwood's three-point halftime lead proved to be the difference as Westville matched the Comets point for point in the final two quarters. Chase Vinson led Oakwood (4-3) with 13 points, while Trevan Garrett chipped in 12 points. Dalton Dalbey had 12 points and Tylan Stricklett 11 for the Tigers (2-5).

In girls' basketball

Tri-County 56, Normal Calvary Christian 11. Tri-County held Calvary Christian to single digits in all four quarters en route to a blowout victory. Harley Barry had 20 points for the Titans (12-1), and Kiersten Price-Wilson chipped in 11 points in the win.

Bismarck-Henning/Rossvile-Alvin 33, Cissna Park 26. BHRA came out on top in a defensive struggle, holding on to its slim halftime lead to beat Cissna Park by seven. Emily Meidel's game-high 21 points paced the Blue Devils (10-3) in the win. Sloan Boyce led the Timberwolves (7-4) with eight points.

Prairie Central 48, Iroquois West 41.Olivia Weber scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half as Prairie Central pulled off the come-from-behind victory. Elly Haberkorn gave the Hawks (4-3) a 1-2 scoring punch with 15 points of her own. Maya Sanchez had 16 points for Iroquois West (5-8).

Okaw Valley Holiday Tournament

Okaw Valley 66, Maroa-Forsyth 50.Paige Robinson had 30 points and Natalie Jefinished with 22 as Okaw Valley (10-3) topped Maroa-Forsyth.

Scott Richey