Despite Alex Soriano’s six 3-pointers and 20 points, Sterling fell 54-53 in a Northern Illinois Big 12 West boys basketball matchup Friday at Streator.
The Bulldogs (6-14, 1-6) got their first conference win thanks to 18 points from William Phillips and 16 from Josh Houch. Zach Rehmert added nine points and Zack Everett eight for Sterling (9-14, 3-4).
Streator went up 52-47 with 1:07 remaining on Colton Olson’s putback of a missed second free throw. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Warriors 8-2 in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors’ Cornell Hartz hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds to make it a one-point game.
Fulton 45, Morrison 39: The Steamers outscored Morrison 11-7 in the fourth quarter to earn a Three Rivers home win in Fulton.
Nick Fish scored 16 points for Fulton (6-20, 3-7), and Matt Dail had 12 points.
Hunter Hamstra had 11 points for Morrison (4-23, 0-11). Will Greul added 10 points.
Forreston 58, Amboy 57: With 2.4 seconds left, Damon Quest’s front-end free throw popped out, and the Clippers dropped a nonconference home game.
“It was every bit of in and out,” Amboy coach Chase Goodeill said.
Quest is a 72-percent free-throw shooter, and had 14 points and five assists for Amboy (6-18), which trailed 31-19 at the half. Tyson Powers scored 21 points, and Jordan Ernst added six points and nine rebounds.
Robert DeVries led Forreston (8-10) with 21 points.
Faith Christian 61, Fulton Unity 52: Isaac Weber scored 19 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead the third-seeded Falcons past the second-seeded Knights in an NICC tournament semifinal at Galena.
Faith (15-7), which avenged three losses to Unity, also got 12 points, nine rebounds, five steals, four assists and four blocks from Adam Dettman, and 10 points from Kyle Beach. The Falcons shot 65 percent overall and were 6-for-9 from 3-point range.
Prophetstown 47, Erie 37: Cassie Reiley scored 16 points to lead the Prophets past the rival Cardinals in their Three Rivers Conference clash at Prophetstown.
Prophetstown (25-3, 13-1), which tied Riverdale for the conference title, also got eight points from Cydney Westen. Erie (19-9, 8-6) got eight points from Laykin Miner.
Newman 42, Morrison 31: The Comets survived a two-point first quarter to pull out a win over Morrison in their final regular-season game in Sterling.
Rachel Hageman had 14 points for Newman (14-11, 9-5 Three Rivers), which trailed 7-2 after a quarter. Newman scored 20 points in the second quarter to take a 22-14 lead into the half.
Chelsea Eads had three 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Morrison (5-21, 2-12).
Aquin 60, AFC 41: The Bulldogs (25-2, 12-1 NUIC East) got 15 points apiece from Sophie Brunner and Haley Chang, and Elayna Erdmier tossed in 14 in the win over the Raiders (10-15, 3-10) in Ashton.
AFC’s Sarah Matson scored 20 points.
Kewanee 72, Bureau Valley 32: The Boilermakers built a 39-11 halftime advantage and cruised past the Storm in Three Rivers action at Kewanee.
BV (1-25, 0-13) got eight points from Nicole
Pearl City 51, West Carroll 35: Dani Lee scored 11 points to lead the Wolves (12-8, 5-3) past the Thunder (3-18, 0-9) in the NUIC West matchup at Pearl City.
Riverdale 73, Fulton 30: The Rams jumped out to 37-12 lead by halftime in Port Byron to secure a tie for the Three Rivers title with Prophetstown.
Elle May’s 15 points led the Rams (22-2, 13-1).
Eight different Steamers scored, led by Samantha Raab with nine points. Fulton finishes the regular season at 10-19 and 5-9 in conference.
Polo 49, Milledgeville 39: The Marcos pulled away in the third quarter,
during which they
outscored the Missiles 15-9 in Polo.
Keeley Meyer led the Marcos (8-16, 6-7 NUIC East) with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Aleetra Roberts had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Alina Llanas added 10 points for Polo.
Liz Bryant had 16 points for Milledgeville (5-20, 2-11). Kayleigh Leddy added eight.
Galena 60, Eastland 43: The Pirates made more free throws than the Cougars attempted in an NUIC West game in Galena.
Brianna Bautsch scored 22 points for Galena (9-11, 5-6) and was 8-for-10 at the free-throw line. The Pirates were 27-for-44 as a team.
Ashley Nepean and Katrina Hatheway scored six points apiece for Eastland (20-8, 9-3), which was 11-for-26 at the stripe.
Tyson Powers, Amboy boys, 21 points
Sarah Matson, AFC, 20 points
Keeley Meyer, Polo girls, 20 points, 12 rebounds
Alex Soriano, Sterling, 20 points
Isaac Weber, Faith, 19 points, 15 rebounds, 7 blocks