Dukes, Marcos hang tough in losses
Hawks, Missiles, Thunder also fall in conference matchups
The Dixon Dukes kept within three points of the Ottawa Pirates for most of four quarters Saturday at Lancaster Gym, but the Pirates were able to pull away late thanks to free throws for a 55-42 win.
Dixon (3-17, 1-4) was led by Isaiah Roby's 13 points and Laron Carr's 10 points. Matt Coffey added nine points.
J.D. Bryant had 16 points for Ottawa (18-3, 6-1).
Mendota 42, Oregon 36: The Hawks were outscored 23-15 in the second half after taking a 21-19 lead into halftime at the Blackhawk Center.
Caleb Mowry scored 18 points to pace Oregon (12-12, 1-9 Big Northern West). Trae Blumhorst had 12 for Mendota (16-9, 3-6).
Aquin 72, Polo 67: The Marcos gave the first-place Bulldogs all they could handle, but couldn't overcome a 39-32 halftime deficit at home.
AJ Dollmeyer had 17 points and 14 rebounds for Polo (15-6, 8-3 NUIC East), while Brady Bushman had 18 points and three assists. Brian Cavanaugh (14 points) and Zach Quaco (12 points) also hit double figures, with Cavanaugh grabbing eight boards and both players dishing three assists.
Aiden Chang scored 22 for Aquin (19-1, 10-0).
Forreston 61, Milledgeville 47: The Missiles were outscored 33-19 in the second and third quarters of an NUIC East road loss.
Kameron DawTyne scored 15 points, and Zach Herin added 12 for Milledgeville (7-14, 3-7). Robert DeVries poured in 24 points for Forreston (9-10, 5-4).
Lena-Winslow 50, West Carroll 43: The Thunder were outscored by five or fewer points in each of the first three quarters of an NUIC West loss in Lena.
Travis Hartman hit three 3-pointers and led West Carroll (9-16, 2-6) with 11 points. Nick Hughes had nine points, six assists and five rebounds, Jordan Bacero added eight points and seven boards, and Trevor Jones stuffed the stat sheet with six points, nine rebounds, five steals and three blocks.
Brock Keltner's 11 points paced Le-Win (7-11, 4-5).
Sterling third in Byron: The Golden Warriors finished with 178 points to finish third behind Normal U-High (280) and IMSA (245.5) at the Northern Illinois Independent Conference Meet.
Sterling senior Keanu Interone contributed to the six meet records that were broken on the day. Interone broke his own record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.02 seconds. He wasn't the only Golden Warrior to take first, as teammate Keaton Dir won the 500 freestyle in 5 minutes, 4.35 seconds. Dir also finished second in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.48.
Dixon's Aaron Helander, who swims for Byron, was second in three events: the 100 backstroke (52.87), 100 butterfly (55.90) and 200 medley relay (1:43.01). Byron finished fifth as a team with 153 points.
Morrison was seventh with 73 points, and Newman was eighth with 58.
Sauk Valley 60, Black Hawk East 46: Magd Owayed had 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots as the Skyhawks beat the Warriors in Kewanee.
Also for Sauk Valley (14-9, 4-3 Arrowhead Conference), Jalen Riley had 13 points, and Carlos Hendrix added nine assists, six points and four steals.
Corey Gregg led Black Hawk East with 14 points.
Keanu Interone, Sterling swimming, won 100 breaststroke in NIIC record time
AJ Dollmeyer, Polo hoops, 17 points, 14 rebounds
Magd Owayed, SVCC hoops, 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks