Gaesser's late basket lifts Falcons at home
GIBSON CITY – Cody Gaesser's bucket with 1.4 seconds left lifted Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley to a 58-56 boys' prep basketball victory against Tri-Valley on Tuesday.
Gaesser scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the second half. Teammate Tyler Buhs added 16 points.
Centennial 60, Mattoon 28. The top-ranked Chargers survived a slow start to stay atop the Big 12.
The Green Wave had a second-quarter lead before the Chargers took control.
"Uncharacteristic turnovers allowed them to stay in the game," Centennial coach Tim Lavin said. "I don't know what to attribute it to. We've certainly gone against some 1-2-2s. We telegraphed our passes, and they were able to get in the passing lanes and get some steals."
Centennial's defense, however, did just fine, limiting Mattoon to 15 points in the last 20 minutes at Green Wave Gym.
"There are some positives to take from this game, but they are really good," Mattoon coach Brooks Inman said.
Drake-bound guard Rayvonte Rice needed just three quarters for his 19 points on 6-for-16 shooting night to lead the Chargers to their 24th straight win. Junior Josh Piper made all six of his field goal attempts and all three of his free throws to add 15 points. Eastern Kentucky recruit Jeff Johnson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds while taking only one shot from the field in his four-point game.
"We've got to be able to make some shots," Inman said. "It was a pretty good first half. We've just got to practice and get back to work."
Judah Christian 63, Bement 60. Brian Linsner had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists to propel the Tribe. Malik Williams contributed 13 points and Alex Berry added 12 points and five rebounds. Bement got 21 points from Colin Auth. Greg Frey scored 15.
LeRoy 54, Fisher 37. James Brent scored 17 points and Ethan Bruning added 16 to lead the visiting Panthers. Eric Steffen contributed 10.
Kam Mason paced the Bunnies with 12 points and Bryan Enos added 10.
CPCI 69, Tri-Point 44. Harrison Seggebruch scored 22 points and Cole Hasselbring 21 to pace the host Timberwolves, who outscored Tri-Point 40-20 in the second half.
Jordan Wyss added 12 points for CPCI.
Atwood-Hammond 51, Decatur Christian 45. Tyler Sebens scored 15 of his team-high 18 points in the second half to fuel the Rajahs' rally.
A-H trailed 31-20 at the half but outscored Decatur Christian 18-4 in the third quarter. Austin Bialeschki chipped in 11 points for the Rajahs.
Stewardson-Strasburg 56, Arcola 51. Nicholas Lindenmeyer scored 20 points but the Purple Riders fell on the road. Garrison Stenger chipped in 11 and Jon James Jenkins 10.
Mahomet-Seymour 48, Eureka 39. The host Bulldogs survived 27 percent shooting in the first half and pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Zach McClughen led M-S with 13 points and Nathan Willard added nine. The Bulldogs outscored Eureka 17-8 in the final period.
Iroquois West 58, St. Thomas More 55. The Raiders bolted to a 17-point halftime lead and held on at home.
Brandon Fancher had 19 points, Kyle Pool 15 and Colby Barham 14 for the Raiders (5-2). STM (7-1) got 18 points from Nate Freeman. Julian Boswell scored 12. Zach Johnson and David Boudreau each scored eight.
Villa Grove 64, Oakwood 54. Jon Bretz scored 23 points and the host Blue Devils erased a six-point halftime deficit.
Jesse Shrum added 12 points and Cody Hatcher 10 for a balanced Villa Grove offense. Earvin Westray added nine points and Eric Douglas eight.
Oakwood was led by Casey Fletcher's 20 points. Joe Garrett added 19. John Garrett scored nine for the Comets.
Heyworth 60, Blue Ridge 52. Tanner Trent scored 23 points, but the Knights lost at home. Jack Plunk chipped in 10 points.
Arthur Okaw Christian 73, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 65. Spencer Plank scored a team-high 24 points and Christian Lowry added 17 for the visiting Conquering Riders. Kody Kauffman and Brett Cashner each contributed 12.
Georgetown-Ridge Farm got 26 points from Korie Vire. Keith Harper added 13 and Alex Pratt 12.
DeLand-Weldon 51, Lovington 45. Jesse Hood's 23 points sparked visiting DeLand-Weldon. Justin Beavers added 13 points.
In girls' basketball:
Judah Christian 67, Decatur Christian 18. Uzuri Williams had 21 points, 10 rebounds and four steals for the visiting Tribe. Alyssa Chambers added 20 points, nine steals and four assists.
PBL 61, Urbana Uni 50. Taylor Rubarts had 20 points, five rebounds and four steals to lead host Paxton-Buckley-Loda. Amanda Ypya added 11 points and six rebounds, while Kasey Sanders chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Jamie Blue paced Uni with 21 points and Emma Hoyer had 19.
In boys' swimming:
At Normal. Blake Lehmann, Sam Stewart and Tanner Heinen swam on a pair of victorious relays as Champaign Central fell to Normal U-High 117-69.
At Danville. Bismarck-Henning's Cruz Robinson pinned his opponent in 1:21 in the Blue Devils' 34-26 loss to Danville.
At Fairbury. Aaron Rhoades, Trevor Keneipp, Chase Mowery, Tyler Farney and Tory Farney had wins by fall to lead Prairie Central past Clinton 51-25.
At Champaign. Kyle Heller, Dylan Howard, Austin Armetta, Nathan Schmitz, Cole McCormick and Cody Fry had wins by fall in Mahomet-Seymour's 49-23 victory against Centennial.
The Bulldogs defeated Lincoln 49-21 behind pins from Armetta, Schmitz, Fry, Tyler Moxley and Howard.
Centennial lost to Lincoln 42-36 despite pins from Austen Schott, Chris King, Thair Al-Saqri and Archie Williams.