The Chargers' momentum from a 5-0 sweep at the season-opening Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament carried into their Big 12 contest Friday. In a matchup that eventually could have league title implications, state-ranked Centennial handled Bloomington 74-59 behind junior center Jeff Johnson's 21 points.
After opening the season 0-5, the Warriors made up ground fast last week, winning four games in six days. The run was capped by a 47-16 victory Saturday at Villa Grove in which Tuscola limited the Blue Devils to four field goals in the first three quarters. None of the four wins was closer than 13 points.
The Knights bounced back from a season- opening loss with a pair of defense-fueled wins last week. Arthur held Tuscola to 45 points, then limited Central A&M to 41. The Knights' offense displayed multiple weapons, with Daren Hatten scoring 20 against Tuscola before Justin Schuring and Bobby Aikman combined for 28 against Central A&M.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-1 with a Corn Belt-opening 59-46 victory against visiting Prairie Central on Friday. For the fifth time in six games, Luke Radliff led M-S (or shared the lead) in scoring with 18 points. The Bulldogs' lone setback came against a Centralia team off to a 6-1 start.