The Polo Marcos warmed up for their showdown against Aquin with a 68-51 NUIC East victory Thursday in Pecatonica that wasn’t as close as the final score.
AJ Dollmeyer led four Marcos (15-5, 8-2) in double figures with 20 points. Brian Cavanaugh scored 16 points, and Brady Bushman and Sawyer Frano added 10 apiece.
Robbie Blassingham and Jared Squires scored 10 points apiece for Pecatonica (8-12, 3-6), which had a 21-7 advantage in the fourth period.
Aquin (18-1, 9-0) beat Durand 52-44. The Marcos can get within a game in the loss column when the Bulldogs visit Polo at 7:30 Saturday night.
South Beloit 66, AFC 64: The Raiders’ rally came too late in an NUIC East tilt in South Beloit.
Troy Mairs had 24 points for AFC (7-13, 1-8), which outscored the Sobos (5-11, 5-4) 22-19 in the third and 24-18 in the fourth.
Matt Saari scored 18 points and went over the 1,000-point mark in his career for South Beloit.
Winnebago 72, Oregon 34: The Hawks managed just three points in the second quarter of a Big Northern West road game.
Matt Reinke led Winnebago (22-0, 9-0) with 15 points. Oregon (12-11, 1-8) star Caleb Mowry was held to eight points, more than 10 fewer than his average.
Dakota 52, Milledgeville 35: The Indians won every period to slowly pull away in an NUIC East game in Dakota.
Kameron DawTyne, Caleb Skoog and Doug Williams all scored seven points for Milledgeville (7-13, 3-6). Brett Benning’s 24 led Dakota (14-6, 8-2).
Scales Mound 52, West Carroll 41: With a 29-15 advantage in the middle periods, the Hornets blew open an NUIC West game in Scales Mound.
Tommy Losch scored 11 points for West Carroll (9-15, 3-5), which outscored Scales Mound (12-5, 5-3) 13-8 in the fourth. Derian Phillips led the Hornets with 22 points.
Eastland 63, River Ridge 37: Dalton Shaner scored 19 points to lead four Cougars in double figures in their latest NUIC West rout, this one in Hanover.
Eastland (20-3, 10-0) can clinch a share of the division title with a win over West Carroll next Thursday in Savanna.
Kewanee 78, Prophetstown 63: Carter Ames scored 18 points, and the Prophets hung tough in a home loss to the Three Rivers-leading Boilers.
Prophetstown (12-13, 5-7) trailed just 42-37 at the half and 58-52 after three periods.
Dayton Ince led Kewanee (19-2, 11-0) with 18 points.
Riverdale 70, Amboy 43: Jared Richmond scored 19 of his game-high 27 points in the first half of the Rams’ Three Rivers romp in Port Byron.
Jordan Ernst scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds for Amboy (6-17, 2-10), which drew even with Riverdale (13-11, 8-3) early in the third period before the Rams opened the throttle.
Sterling 72, Streator 25: Kiarra Harris nearly outscored the Bulldogs singlehandedly in a Northern Illinois Big 12 West game in Streator.
The Sterling senior shot 10-for-10 for 22 points. Kaitlyn Bauer chipped in 13 points for the Golden Warriors (16-12, 8-1).
Shawna Meiners hit two 3s and scored 10 points for Streator (2-23, 0-9), which actually played Sterling even, 11-11, in the fourth period.
Wethersfield 68, Morrison 33: The Fillies couldn’t keep up with the Flying Geese at home, slipping to 5-20 with a nonconference loss.
Sterling 2,779, United Township 2,747: The Golden Warriors were a sight for coach Dennis Black’s sore eyes at Blackhawks Lanes.
Sterling painted a portrait of consistency in knocking off a team they’ll likely jockey with for one of two state bids at sectionals Saturday.
The Warriors created space by outrolling the Panthers 948-879 in Game 2 and held on to move to 11-2 in duals. Destinee Howard finished a 601 series with a 220 game.
Kayla Crawford led UT (5-5) with a 594 series (226-153-215).
Newman 84, Morrison 81: By winning seven of the 11 events, the Comets edged the Mustangs in Morrison.
Warren Melton and Alex DeForest both won two individual events and were members of the victorious 200 medley (1:53.56) and 200 free (1:39.60) relay teams.
Kiarra Harris, Sterling girls hoops, 22 points, 10-for-10 shooting
Troy Mairs, AFC boys hoops, 24 points
AJ Dollmeyer, Polo boys hoops, 20 points
Dalton Shaner, Eastland boys hoops, 19 points
Carter Ames, Prophetstown boys hoops, 18 points
Destinee Howard, Sterling girls bowling, 601 series