Sterling opened its defense of the Taylorville Tournament with a 56-36 win over IVC on Wednesday.
The Golden Warriors jumped out to an 18-11 lead after one quarter and led 36-20 at halftime. Tyler Willman led Sterling with 18 points, Sean Gingrich added nine, and Isaiah Ryan scored eight.
Dixon 47, Woodstock Marian 33: Beau Bailey tossed in 17 points, Oscar Van Sickle had 11, and Derian Duncan added nine as the Dukes quieted the Hurricanes at Jacobs High School in Algonquin.
Dixon will take on Rockford Jefferson today for the consolation A title.
Jakub Baranski had 10 points for Marian.
State Farm Classic
Rock Falls 71, Stanford Olympia 40: The Rockets turned it on after being tied 11-11 after the first period at the Shirk Center in Bloomington.
Cade Nailor topped Rock Falls with 17 points, and Jalen Bickett and Keyon Wolber added 14 apiece.
Mason Marquis led Stanford Olympia with 19 points.
Newman Christmas Classic
Newman 80, Christian
Life 51: The Comets scored 26 in the first quarter and 30 more in the second to cruise to the win.
Cade Gorzny knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points. Devon House had 16 points, Julian Heald added 13, and Jake Terveer scored 10.
Alleman 52, West Carroll 26: The Thunder were outscored 12-5 in the first quarter and 23-8 in the second in the loss.
Jakob Foltz led West Carroll with eight points, and Dawson Wurster added seven.
Eastland Holiday Tournament
Eastland 79, South Beloit 67: The Cougars were able to overcome hot 3-point shooting from the SoBos with hot shooting of their own from the free-throw line. While South Beloit hit 11 3-pointers in the game, Eastland was 16-for-21 from the line.
With 10 different Cougars scoring in the game, Ethan Christians led the way with 19 points. Travis Spong added 15.
Four players scored in double figures for South Beloit, with D’Andre Dogan’s 18 leading the way.
Eastland led 21-13 after one quarter and 35-29 at halftime before both teams exploded in the third quarter, with Eastland scoring 25 points – including nine from Christians and seven each from Reid Janssen and Spong – and South Beloit scoring 24
Byron 71, Amboy 40: Justin Hart scored 17, but it was not enough for the Clippers in a loss to the Tigers.
Byron jumped out to an 18-12 lead after one quarter, then extended
its lead to 42-23 by
Aquin 69, Prophets-town 62: The Prophets led 25-19 after one quarter, 38-31 at halftime, and 49-46 after three, but could not hang on.
Logan Henrekin scored 21 points for the Prophets. Brayton Lavine added 19, 17 of those coming in the first quarter.
Polo 63, LaMoille-Ohio 27: Justin Young scored 15 points as the Marcos beat the Lions.
Polo had more points in the first quarter than LaMoille-Ohio did in the game, leading 29-7 after one. That lead extended to 46-14 by halftime.
Brady Webb scored nine points for Polo.
Fulton 64, Eastland JV 36: Keegan Kloepping and Tyler Bruggenwirth each scored 14 points as the Steamers topped the Cougars’ JV squad.
Fulton 76, Stillman Valley 57: Bruggenwirth dropped in 13 baskets and scored 31 points to power the Steamers past the Cardinals in Lanark.
Cody Sanderson added 13 points for Fulton
Matthew Mandzen had 16 points for Stillman Valley, and Noah Hodges added 12.
Warkins Cardinal Classic
Bureau Valley 62, Morrison 38: Kale Barnett paced a balanced attack with 14 points as the Storm routed the
Also for Bureau Valley, Nate Paup-Caudill had 13 points, Corbin Endress had 12, and Andrew Petros added nine.
Britt Ottens led Morrison with 13 points.
Bureau Valley 61, Knoxville 32: The Storm jumped out to a 21-5 lead after one and cruised to a win.
Barnett and Petros each scored 14 points for Bureau Valley. Endress added 10.
Mercer County 61, Morrison 49: The Mustangs trailed 39-24 at halftime and tried to mount a comeback by limiting Mercer County to six points in the third quarter, but could not chip away at the lead any further.
Ben Brackemyer led Morrison with 19 points. Kaleb Banks added eight.
Erie 56, Stark County 45: Josh Hammer scored 21 points in the Cardinals’ win.
Erie led 14-11 after one quarter and 27-18 at halftime. Stark County chipped away at the lead with 17 points in the third quarter, but still trailed 42-35 and the Cardinals held on for the win.
Kyle Kruthoff added nine points for the Cardinals.
Erie 60, Peoria Heights 55: Hammer led the way with 33 points for Erie, hitting 12 shots from the field and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line.
Peoria Heights led 12-10 after one before the Cardinals outscored them 13-6 in the second to take the 23-18 halftime lead. Erie led 39-30 after three quarters.
Justice Youngberg added nine points for Erie.
Panthers 4-1 at Abe’s Rumble: Erie-Prophetstown won four of five matches at the Abe’s Rumble, a 43-team Class 1A event being held in Springfield.
In pool action, the Panthers beat Roxana 66-17; Rockridge 57-24; Monticello 48-28; and Heyworth 42-39
In the next round, Erie-Prophetstown fell 37-36 to El Paso-Gridley by Criteria E – the most six-point wins in the match. EPG had five, while EP had four.
Oregon went 3-2 on the day. The Hawks lost to Prairie Central 56-17 and Sherrard 48-29, but rebounded with wins against Stanford Olympia 43-42 and Cumberland 40-36 in pool play.
Oregon then knocked off St. Joseph-Ogden 45-33.
Morrison stands at 2-3. In pool play, the Mustangs lost to Wilmington 66-12 and Althoff 57-13, then beat West Frankfort 46-36 and Pittsfield 57-18.
Morrison then was beaten by Litchfield 53-24.
Newman is at 0-5 after losing to Riverdale 36-30, Litchfield 48-32, Mt. Carmel 45-23, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 36-30 and Prairie Central 65-13.
Josh Hammer, Erie, 54 points in 2 games
Tyler Bruggenwirth, Fulton, 45 points in 2 games
Kale Barnett, BV, 28 points in 2 games
Cade Gorzny, Newman, 22 points, 4 3-pointers
Logan Henrekin, Prophetstown, 21 points