The Erie Cardinals put on a free-throw shooting exhibition to knock off bitter rival Prophetstown 57-51 and draw even in the Three Rivers on Friday night in Erie.
The Cards (11-6, 3-1) shot 15-for-19 from the free-throw line in the fourth period to stave off the Prophets (9-7, 3-1). Jacob Johnston was 9-for-9 at the stripe in the fourth and 13-for-13 on the game for 25 points.
Prophetstown, paced by Devin Johnson’s 17 points, led 27-23 at the half and trailed just 42-40 entering the fourth. Carter Ames chipped in 14 points for the Prophets, and Rhett Stover hit three 3s to pour in 22 for Erie.
Amboy 35, Morrison 24: Tyson Powers scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, helping the Clippers to a 31-14 lead through three periods of a Three Rivers tilt in Amboy.
Powers hit five 3s, and Damon Quest also grabbed 10 boards to go with six assists for Amboy (6-10, 2-4). Alex Volckmann paced Morrison (3-16, 0-5) with 12 points.
Kewanee 62, Bureau Valley 53: The Storm (13-7, 2-3) couldn’t parlay winning the Erie tournament title last weekend into a win over the Boilermakers (12-2, 5-0) in Manlius.
Riverdale 65, Fulton 48: The Steamers led 29-26 at the break, but didn’t hold off the Rams in Port Byron.
T.J. Huizenga and John Widener both scored 12 points to pace Fulton (3-15, 0-4 Three Rivers). Jared Richmond poured in 27 for Riverdale (8-8, 3-2), which surged ahead with a 20-7 advantage in the third.
Forreston 58, Milledgeville 46: The Cardinals seized a 46-28 lead through three periods in Milledgeville.
Jordan Harris led the Missiles (3-9, 1-3 NUIC East) with 10 points, while Brett Carlson scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the first three periods for Forreston (4-8, 2-2).
Aquin 79, Polo 37: The Bulldogs blew things wide open by outscoring the Marcos 23-6 in the second period of an NUIC East game in Freeport.
Brian Cavanaugh led Polo (8-4, 1-2 NUIC East) with eight points, while three Bulldogs (10-1, 3-0) scored in double figures.
Lena-Winslow 48, West Carroll 42: The Panthers jumped out to a 15-7 lead after one period of a NUIC West clash in Savanna.
Hank Holm led Lena-Winslow (5-6, 2-1) with 13 points, while Tommy Losch and Trevor Jones paced West Carroll (6-11, 1-1) with 16 points apiece.
Fulton Unity 45, Faith Christian 40: The Falcons made a run in the fourth but couldn’t overcome a 32-20 deficit through three periods.
Aaron Clardie hit two 3s and led Faith (8-4, 2-2 NICC) with 14 points. Adam Dettman added 13, while Isaac Weber chipped in six to go with 15 rebounds and five blocks.
Sean Hansen led Unity with 15 points.
Oregon 3,374, Rockford Lutheran 3,374: The Hawks matched the Crusaders in pins, but took 4 1/2 out of 7 NIBC points to keep their conference hopes alive at Town & Country Lanes in Mount Morris.
Freshman A.J. Nordman paced Oregon with a 689 series (188-268-233). The Hawks dropped the opener 1,075-1,226 before taking the middle game 1,179-1,039. They took the finale 1,120-1,109 to pull within three points of Lutheran in the conference race with one match remaining.
Austin Buss led Lutheran with a steady 625 series (226-205-194), and Dan Grimm added a 605 for Oregon (184-217-204).
United Township 104, Sterling 82: The Golden Warriors’ Keaton Dir and Keanu Interone were in on four wins apiece but Sterling fell short at the Duis Center.
Dir won the 200- (1:50.99) and 500-yard (5:04.95) freestyles, while Interone won the 100 breaststroke (1:00.24) and 200 individual medley (2:07.90).
Dir and Interone also teamed with Andrew Blackburn and Sam Wike for wins in the 200 medley (1:45.86) and 400 freestyle (3:35.86) relays.
Faith Christian 49, Fulton Unity 29: The Falcons had three players reach double figures in scoring in a NICC win in Fulton.
Tressa Schuler led with 12 points for Faith (10-1, 5-0).
Krista Beach had 11 points, and Amanda Smith added 10 points.
Rockford Lutheran 2,822, Oregon 2,344: The Crusaders, led by Dakotah Hazelwood’s 607 series, won each game by at least 95 pins.
Hazelwood also had the meets two highest games of 222 and 216. Amber Tucker led Oregon with a 497 series (159-177-161).
Tyson Powers, Amboy boys, 26 points, 5 3s, 10 rebounds
Jacob Johnston, Erie boys, 25 points, 13-for-13 FTs
Rhett Stover, Erie boys, 22 points, 3 3s
Keaton Dir and Keanu Interone, Sterling boys swimming, part of 4 wins apiece