Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

Urbana at Centennial boys' basketball highlights

Video highlights from a boys' basketball game between Urbana and Centennial on Dec. 4, 2018, with postgame reaction from Tigers coach Verdell Jones Jr. and athlete Payton Sheen, as well as Chargers coach Tim Lavin.

Athletes of the Week: Sa'kinah Williams & Grant Coleman

This school year, we're giving our weekly honorees the chance to show off their teammates:

Tuesday's prep highlights: Sages stay perfect with road win

In boys’ basketball

Macon County Tournament

St. Teresa 58, Argenta-Oreana 55. The Bombers (0-3) dropped a close game in the quarterfinals of the county tournament in Maroa.

Nontournament

Tigers rely on balance in Big 12 victory

CHAMPAIGN — When Payton Sheen described Urbana boys' basketball taking down rival Centennial on Tuesday night as "a complete team effort," he wasn't just turning a phrase.

Tigers coach Verdell Jones Jr. rotated athletes with dizzying frequency.

And it paid off in this Big 12 Conference bout.

N-G boys' basketball Top 10: Dec. 4, 2018

Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS charts a new No. 1 program, while another rises back into the ranks after a football state title:

RANK, TEAM,  REC. (PREV.)

1. Danville, 8-0 (2)

Vikings staved off Centennial and Pontiac before blitzing La Salette, face Bloomington in Friday Big 12 play.

Prep pulse: Dec. 3, 2018

The Dick Van Dyke Appliance World Prep Basketball Confidential reaches its second week today. Already, Jim Rossow and I are mixing things up with the program.

We started last week by spending half of the show discussing local prep football state champions from Monticello and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley. Now, we're advancing to a basketball-only format.

Saturday's prep highlights: Tribe captures title

In boys' basketball

Arthur Okaw Christian 48, Normal Calvary 32. The Conquering Riders (3-0) picked up their first East Central Illinois Conference win behind Ian Lowry's game-high 13 points.

Friday's prep highlights: Grant Coleman leads Bulldogs with 39

In boys basketball:

Arthur Okaw Christian 58, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 41. The host Conquering Riders received a game-high 21 points and 17 rebounds from Ian Lowry and 18 points from Mason Smith in a nonconference win for AOC (2-0). Garrett Latoz dropped in 16 points for the Buffaloes (1-4).

Cook, Spartans deliver Duval's first win

ST. JOSEPH — The Kiel Duval era of St. Joseph-Ogden boys' basketball faced a tough roadblock on opening night.

A 54-41 loss to Champaign Central last Saturday left the Spartans itching to deliver their new coach his first-ever varsity triumph.

"I have mad respect for Coach Duval," senior Jack Cook said. "He's been my coach ever since I started high school freshman year."

Balanced scoring powers Vikings

DANVILLE — Cliches can be the easiest way for coaches to describe athletic events. That's why they're cliches.

Danville boys' basketball boss Ted Houpt knows this. But he couldn't help himself after a 70-59 victory over visiting Centennial on Wednesday.

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