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Milestone win for Dukes

Dixon reaches 20 wins for first time in 45 years

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 12:10 a.m. CST

The Dixon Dukes reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in 4½ decades, beating Sandwich 51-39 on the road Tuesday night.

Isaiah Roby’s 15 points paced the Dukes (20-6), who notched their third 20-win season as a program. Dixon was 22-4 in 1955-56, and 25-2 in 1966-67 – the same year it last won a conference title.

Cal Jarrett and Kyle LeBlanc added seven points apiece, as eight different Dukes scored. They led 17-5 after one quarter, and 34-16 by halftime.

“It was a good team win,” Dixon coach Jason Mead said. “We came out and executed well, and defensively we were really doing a nice job on a lot of things we’ve been struggling with the last few games.”

Liam Crotty was the lone Sandwich player in double figures, scoring 10 points.

Mendota 66, Rock Falls 64, OT: The Rockets forced an extra period with a fourth-quarter rally, but were outscored 10-8 in overtime of a Big Northern West road loss.

Jacob Mammosser had 18 points, and Logan Pillars scored 10 for Rock Falls (7-20, 2-10), which trailed 41-35 after three quarters. Connor Cain added eight points, James McFadden had seven, and Austin Donoho chipped in six.

James Carroll’s 20 points paced the Trojans (19-8, 8-4), while Ryan Reeder added 18 points, and Sam Bowne finished with 12.

1A Amboy Regional

Paw Paw 62, Amboy 46: The Clippers led 18-9 after one quarter, but were outscored 53-28 the rest of the way in a quarterfinal on their home court.

Damon Quest poured in 32 points for Amboy (2-24). Nick Siemers poured in 37 points for the Bulldogs (21-5).

AFC 63, Erie 41: The Raiders scored inside and out, and outscored the Cardinals 51-29 after the opening quarter in a quarterfinal in Amboy.

Center Troy Mairs scored 26 points, and guard Bret Gittleson hit three 3-pointers and added 17 points for AFC (14-14). Matt Gendusa chipped in 11 in the win.

Ken Cole and Owen McConnell scored eight points each for Erie (2-26).

2A Princeton Regional

Prophetstown 59, Princeton 56: The Prophets staked themselves to a lead with a 19-5 third-quarter run, then held off the pesky Tigers in a quarterfinal at Prouty Gym.

Ethan Howard had a game-high 23 points for Prophetstown (14-13), with Grant Ames scoring 15 and Chris Bauer adding nine points. The Prophets led 12-11 after one quarter, trailed 30-25 at halftime, then led 44-35 heading into the fourth period.

J.J. Vaccaro led Princeton (5-22) with 20 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Garrett Duffin chipped in 18 points.

1A Forreston Regional

Polo 61, Pearl City 45: The Marcos hammered home a regional win by outscoring the Wolves 23-14 in the final quarter in Forreston.

Brian Cavanugh led the way with 22 points, and AJ Dollmeyer powered up 17 points in the post for Polo (23-6).

Polo advances to Aquin today at 8 p.m. in a regional semifinal.

Cody Kluck scored 11 points for Pearl City (7-23).

Tuesday’s stars

Damon Quest, Amboy, 32 points

Troy Mairs, AFC, 26 points

Ethan Howard, Prophetstown, 23 points

Brian Cavanaugh, Polo, 22 points

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