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Poor Free-Throw Shooting Costs Streaks at Rocky; Local Sports Roundup -- 12/11/9
High School Boys Basketball

Galesburg can blame its latest loss on mental breakdowns.

#4 Rock Island got off to a fast start at the Rock Island Fieldhouse Friday night, hitting four straight shots to open the game for a 9-0 lead. Galesburg bounced back after a quick timeout by coach Mike Reynolds and trimmed the Rocks' lead to 11-5 at the end of the first quarter.

Rock Island would pull away again, taking a 15-point lead in the third quarter (29-14) and a 14-point lead (42-28) in the fourth on Rock Island senior forward D.J. Anderson's second dunk of the game. A late flurry that saw the Streaks outscore the Rocks 20-13 in the final quarter wasn't enough as the Rocks held on for a 48-45 Western Big Six victory.

Rock Island (5-2, 1-1 WB6) built on a six-point lead at the end of the first quarter by outscoring GHS 14-9 in the second quarter for a 25-14 halftime lead. Galesburg failed to knock down any of its five free-throw attempts in the first half. Junior Garrett Williams (7 points) kept the Streaks in the game with 7 first-half points. Junior forward Victor Davis, who came into the game as the top scorer in the Big Six, was held scoreless in the first two quarters.

Davis picked up the intensity on both ends of the floor and helped to get the Streaks within striking distance. He swished three 3-three point field goals in the second half, two in the fourth quarter, with the second getting Galesburg (5-3, 0-2 WB6) within 48-45 with 10 seconds to play. But a 2-for-13 effort from the foul line doomed the Silver Streaks while Rock Island made 7-of-11 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter and 12-of-19 overall to avoid falling to 0-2 right off the bat after going into the season as the conference favorite.

Davis led Galesburg with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Dalton Davis, who struggled with a 1-for-5 performance from the charity stripe, was the only other GHS player in double-figures with 10 points. Other players struggling from the foul line were Victor Davis (1-for-3), Williams (0-for-3) and Ryan McElmurray (4 points, 0-for-2 FT).

Chasson Randle had 11 points and 6 rebounds for Rocky. He shared scoring honors with Anderson (11 points, 9 rebounds) and Devon Jones, who was averaging just 3.3 points per game coming in.

The Silver Streaks have a week off before resuming Big Six play at United Township.

-Western Big Six-

United Township - 61 (6-0, 2-0) Rock Island Alleman - 55 (1-4, 0-2)
Quincy - 52 (6-0, 2-0) Moline - 41 (5-1, 1-1)

Around the area:

Knoxville beat South Fulton 71-60
United defeated Abingdon 37-31
Williamsfield's big fourth quarter led the Bombers past Wethersfield 60-57
Macomb downed Monmouth-Roseville 48-34
Farmington lost at Rockridge 44-32
Camp Point Central/Southeastern defeated BPCA 58-42
Brimfield beat Havana 72-63
West Central stopped West Prairie 61-47
North Fulton outscored Rushville-Industry 53-42
Lewistown handled Peoria Heights 57-43
Peoria Manual beat Peoria Notre Dame 42-39 in OT

High School Girls Basketball

Monmouth-Roseville defeated Stark County 67-56


Galesburg plays twice in the King Tournament. The Silver Streaks (5-4) meet Morton at 10:30 a-m and Peoria High at 3 p-m at Thiel Gymnasium. Pregame coverage for the first game begins at 10:06 a-m on WGIL AM 1400 and at 2:40 p-m for the second game.

The Knoxville-Abingdon girls basketball tournament kicks off its week-long run Saturday with five games split between the two locations. The first games begin at Noon Saturday.
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