|High School Boys Basketball - Postseason
Galesburg and Rock Island both brought their "A" games Friday night, but Rocky did just enough down the stretch to hold off the Silver Streaks 63-58 and claim their second straight regional championship.
The Streaks got off to a fast start, leading 16-7 with under three-minutes to play in the first quarter before the Rocks (22-6) responded by scoring eight of the next 10 points to get within 18-15 going into the second quarter. Rock Island scored five straight points to claim a 20-18 lead, then Galesburg came back with seven straight points to lead by five (25-20).
The Rocks, ranked #6 in the state, answered with a 17-8 run to close out the half and take a 39-35 lead. The Streaks had one more flurry - scoring 12 straight to pull ahead 49-43 at the 2:20 mark of the third quarter. Yet again the Rocks would fight back - scoring eight straight points of their own to go into the fourth quarter with a 51-48 lead, capped off by a 12-foot jumper on the right wing by 6'7" sophomore Denzel McCauley (4 points, 4 rebounds of the bench) at the third quarter buzzer.
Galesburg tied the game at 53-all in the fourth quarter, but Rocky made 8-of-10 free-throw attempts in the period to earn the win.
The teams' two stars, Victor Davis of Galesburg and Chasson Randle of Rock Island, showed why they are so highly touted. Randle scored 21 of his game-high 34 points in the first half while Davis had 14 first-quarter points, ended the first half with 18, and finished the game with 26 points. Junior forward Chad Thompson sank five 3-point baskets and scored a season-high 17 points for GHS to help Davis with the scoring load.
Both Randle, a junior, and Davis - a senior playing his last game for the Silver Streaks - were named All-Western Big Six first-team selections by the league's coaches. Davis was Galesburg's only representative on the all-conference squad, which was released Saturday. Senior D.J. Anderson (2 pts, 4 rebounds) was also named to the first-team. Junior guards Royce Muskeyvally, who connected on four 3-point baskets and scored 18 points for the Rocks, and Jordan Hathorn (1 pt) were the two honorable mention picks.
The Silver Streaks finished the season with a 19-12 record - an eight-game improvement over last season. The Rocks, who lost in the supersectionals to eventual state runner-up Oswego last season, will play Morris in the Ottawa Sectional Wednesday night.
@ Peoria Notre Dame:
#1 ranked Richwoods (26-2) took down Peoria Central (18-9) 55-42. The Knights advance to the Ottawa Sectional Tuesday night to play the winner of the Bartonville Regional.
Morton (22-4) defeated #4 seed East Peoria (15-12) 49-38 for the regional crown
#4 seed Morris beat #2 seed Streator 57-50 in the regional championship match-up. The Redskins will play Rock Island in the sectional semifinals at Ottawa Wednesday night.
@ East Moline:
United Township (19-7) beat Quincy (19-7) 67-49 for the regional championship. The Panthers play Normal Community Wednesday night in the Pekin Sectional semifinals..
Lewistown (24-6) won a double-overtime thriller against Orion (25-9) 76-65 to advance to the Jacksonville Supersectional. The Indians, with their third straight sectional championship, will play Madison Tuesday night.
Madison beat Nokomis 79-77 in double OT to claim the Nokomis sectional crown.
#2 ranked Peoria Manual (22-7) blew out Kewanee (18-15) 79-31. The Rams advance to the DeKalb Supersectional at NIU's Convocation Center to play undefeated Winnebago Tuesday night.
Winnebego beat Princeton 70-54 in a battle of two state-ranked teams
High School Girls Basketball - Postseason
CLASS 3A state semifinal games at Redbird Arena:
Hillcrest (28-3) beat Oswego (29-3) 54-45
Lombard Montini (32-2) defeated Springfield (31-3) 57-40
Hillcrest and Motini play in the championship game at 2:00 Saturday afternoon. Oswego and Springfield play for third place at at 12:15.
CLASS 4A state semifinals games at Redbird Arean:
Bolingbrook (28-1), the defending state champion, had a big second half that lifted the Raiders past Arlington Heights Hersey (27-8) 56-30
Chicago Whitney Young (28-2) downed Oak Park Fenwick (31-4) 54-38
Bolingbrook and Whitney Young meet in the championship game for the second straight season. The tip-off is at 8:15 Saturday night. Hersey and Fenwick play for third place at 6:30.
Men's College Basketball - Illinois Schools
St. John's 90, DePaul 82, 3 OT
Bradley 81, Creighton 62 - Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
Illinois St. 69, Indiana State 65 - Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
Murray State 55, Eastern Illinois 51- Ohio Valley Conference Tournament
MLB Spring Training
N.Y. Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Chicago Cubs 8, Arizona Diamondbacks 7
L.A. Dodgers 8, Chicago White Sox 3
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Florida Marlins at Jupiter, Fla., 12:05 p.m. - coverage on WGIL AM 1400 at 11:45 a-m
Chicago White Sox (ss) vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 2:05 p-m
Chicago White Sox (ss) vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 2:05 p-m