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Armoska fuels Rockets; Johnston leads Cards

Rock Falls senior puts up double-double; Erie senior pours in 37; Mustangs pick up TRAC win

In just three quarters of action, Rock Falls’ Steven Armoska scored 32 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, as the Rockets thumped Stillman Valley 73-52 in a Big Northern West matchup Friday at Tabor Gym.

Rock Falls (20-6, 8-4) also got seven points and six assists from Austin Babcock, and seven points from Austin Donoho.

The Rockets, who led 35-18 by haltime, got Connor Olson back from a concussion, but Alex Leaf is likely sidelined until the postseason with an ankle injury.

Morrison 60, Amboy 19: The Mustangs got their lone Three Rivers Conference win of the season in a blowout at home.

Connor Duncan led the Mustangs (5-25, 1-13) with 11 points. Amboy (6-21, 2-12) got seven points from Tyson Powers.

Erie 78, Fulton 59: Jacob
Johnston scored a career-high 37 points as the Cardinals (16-12, 8-6) cruised to a Three Rivers win on Senior Night in Erie.

Fulton (6-24, 3-11) got 14 points from Jake Willging and 13 from John Widener.

Polo 72, Milledgeville 63: The Marcos outscored the Missiles 42-24 in the middle quarters for an NUIC East road win. 

AJ Dollmeyer led the way with 16 points for Polo (19-7, 10-3).

Caleb Skoog made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points for Milledgeville (7-17, 3-10). 

Aquin 79, AFC 46: The Raiders trailed 23-4 after one quarter in Ashton as the Bulldogs (23-2, 13-0) wrapped up the NUIC East title. Troy Mairs scored 10 for AFC (8-16, 2-11). 

Eastland 67, Stockton 44: The Cougars sealed up the NUIC West title in Lanark. 

Eastland (23-3, 12-0) held Stockton (14-7, 6-4) to two first-quarter points. Skylar Paulson scored 18 of his team-high
22 points after halftime. 

West Carroll 73, Pearl City 54: Tommy Losch scored 19 points, Jordan Bacero had 16, and Trevor Jones had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Thunder (10-19, 4-8) to an NUIC West win in Mount Carroll.

ACSI tournament

Faith splits in Kankakee: Isaac Weber had 28 points, 30 rebounds and 15 blocks in two games, as the Falcons (17-10) beat Coulee 67-63 in the
quarterfinals and lost 64-35 to Collinsville in the semis.

Adam Dettman and Blake Hudson added 14 points apiece for the Falcons in the quarter-final victory.

The Falcons took a 38-23 before holding on for a victory with free throws in their quarterfinal.

Weber blew up with 19 points, 20 rebounds and eight blocks for Faith, which shot 22-for-29 at the free-throw line and scored its last 11 points at the stripe.

Third-seeded Faith then fell to No. 2 Collinsville in the semis, with Weber adding nine points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks.

Friday’s stars

Jacob Johnston, Erie, 37 points

Steven Armoska, Rock Falls, 32 points, 12 rebounds in 3 quarters

Isaac Weber, Faith, 28 points, 30 rebounds, 15 blocks in 2 games

Skylar Paulson, Eastland, 22 points

Caleb Skoog, Milledgeville, 22 points, 5 3-pointers

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