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Basketball

Roundup: Sterling rolls past Rochelle

Dukes, Rockets fall; Thomas, Aguilar pace Radiers' rout

Cooper Willman tossed in 25 points, all but two of them in the middle two quarters, to lead the Sterling boys basketball team to a 79-47 win against Rochelle on Friday night at the Strombom Tournament in Sycamore.

Also for the Golden Warriors, Isaiah Yarbrough scored 14 points, Trevon Jordan had 12 and Nate Beyers added 10.

Sterling will take on Burlington Central in the title game on Saturday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Garrett Burdin led Rochelle with 14 points.

Oak Forest 58, Dixon 43: The Dukes couldn’t keep up in a loss at Kingman Gym.

Jake Gaither had 12 points, and Cal Kyker scored 10 for Dixon, which scored 14 first-quarter points, then 10 in both the second and third periods before a nine-point fourth.

Matthew Volkening scored 15 points for Marengo, and Jonah Pace added 11.

Kewanee 65, Rock Falls 61: Jeriah George scored 23 points and Jalen Bickett added 19 for the Rockets in a loss to the Boilermakers at the Geneseo Tournament.

Kavon Russell led Kewanee with 24 points.

Amboy 36, Hiawatha 31: Matthew Friel paced a balanced attack with eight points as the Clippers edged the Hawks at the AFC Tournament.

Brady Jones scored seven points for Amboy, and Ian Eller and Trevor Vaessen added six each.

Hiawatha’s John Sterling led all scorers with 14 points.

AFC 70, Leland 31: Cameron Thomas and Jesus Aguilar each tossed in 24 points as the Raiders routed the Panthers in Ashton.

Josh Creager led Leland with 14 points.

Polo 54, LaMoille-Ohio 46: Tucker Mumford poured in 32 points as the Marcos eased past the Lions and earned a berth in Saturday’s championship game of the AFC Tournament against Durand.

Casen Cherry led LaMoille-Ohio with 14 points, and Luke Moore added 11. The Lions will take on AFC in the third-place game.

Monmouth-Roseville 64, Erie-Prophetstown 54: Eric Robinson scored 15 points to lead the Panthers in a loss to the Titans.

Also for E-P, Clayton Johnson had 14 points and Bryce Rosenow added 13.

Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament

Rockford Christian 76, Morrison 62: In a back-and-forth game with the two teams separated by a point after each of the first two quarters and by four after three, the Royal Lions pulled away in the fourth to beat Morrison.

The Mustangs trailed 19-18 after one and 36-35 at halftime. Rockford Christian led 55-51 after three, but outscored Morrison 21-11 in the final quarter.

T.C. Ottens scored 20 points to lead the Mustangs. Nathan Mickley added 12. Alex Anderson and Calob Leu each scored 10.

Marcus Hill led Rockford Christian with 25 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Pecatonica 63, West Carroll 27: The Thunder trailed 20-4 after a quarter, 35-11 at halftime and 55-20 after three in a loss to close out pool play.

John McCombie led the Thunder with seven points. Derek Tracy scored six, and Devin Davis added five.

Aquin 56, Milledgeville 22: The Missiles trailed by just three points after one quarter, 14-11, but got shut out in the second quarter as the Bulldogs pulled away.

Kieren Harris scored 10 points for Milledgeville. Treyton Selman added six.

The Missiles will face Rockford Christian Life at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blackhawk Center in the semifinal of the bracket for fifth through eighth place, with the Rock Island JV facing Pecatonica in the other semifinal at 12:30 p.m. in the high school.

Morrison will face West Carroll at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Blackhawk Center with the winner moving on to face either South Beloit or North Boone for ninth place.

The championship bracket has Oregon facing Aquin at the Blackhawk Center and Newman taking on Rockford Christian at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the third-place and championship games at 7 p.m.

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