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Friday night's highlights: Unity stays unbeaten, Tuscola loses first game

Jan. 6—In boys' basketball

➜ Armstrong-Potomac 61, Cissna Park 41. Kollin Asbury and his teammates were hard to stop, helping Armstrong-Potomac go on the road and come home with a Vermilion Valley Conference win. Asbury finished with a game-high 25 points for the Trojans (10-7), who also relied on 10 points from James Huisinga, nine points from Ryan Edwards and six points from Nathan Rogers during their fourth win in their last five games. Dierks Neukomm scored 25 points to pace the Timberwolves (2-15 and Tyler Neukomm had seven points.

➜ . Ayden Ingram, Micah Stanford and Keison Peoples did most of their offensive damage in the first three quarters, propelling Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin to a road VVC victory in Gilman. Ingram scored a game-high 18 points and sank four three-pointers for BHRA (16-3) in its sixth straight victory. Stanford dropped in 17 points on the strength of five three-pointers and Peoples added 14 points as the Blue Devils made 13 three-pointers in the lopsided win. Chaz Dubois also nearly reached double figures for BHRA before winding up with eight points. Kobie Hendershot and Jace Pankey each tossed in eight points for Iroquois West (6-11)

➜ Blue Ridge 68, Decatur Unity Christian 46. Blue Ridge asserted itself early, leading 23-5 at the end of the first quarter en route to a road nonconference victory. Isaac Price scored a team-high 16 points for the Knights (9-6), who stopped a two-game losing skid and had 10 players enter the scoring column. Zach Lewis and Jan Saez each scored nine points, while Colin Michaels (eight points), Wesley Clark (eight points), Wyatt Pearl (six points) and Corbin Colbert (six points) contributed.

➜ Cumberland 50, Tri-County 43. Tri-County led 23-20 at halftime in this Lincoln Prairie Conference game, but the Titans couldn't hold on to the lead in the second half of a road loss. Braden Pardi scored a team-high 13 points for Tri-County (2-15), with Braxton Buckler (eight points), Kahle Lee (six points) and Preston Bancroft (six points) also helping out.

➜ Danville First Baptist 65, Faith Baptist Pekin 42. First Baptist placed three players in double figures to post a road victory. Jeremiah Watson scored a team-high 15 points for the Knights, with Eli Epling and Rem Rembert each contributing 14 points during the win.

➜ Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 52, Eureka 46. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley overcame a slow start, earning a close Heart of Illinois Conference win. The Falcons trailed 9-3 at the end of the first quarter before taking a 20-17 lead into halftime and holding off the Hornets in the second half. Brayden Elliott drained five three-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points for GCMS (9-5) in its second straight win. Ty Cribbett and Ryker Grauer joined Elliott in double figures, with Cribbett scoring 13 points and Grauer adding 12 points.

➜ Hoopeston Area 59, Milford 42. Playing for the first time since Dec. 19, Hoopeston Area didn't let the long layoff affect them during a road VVC victory. The duo of Owen Root and Kendrick Sigerill powered the Cornjerkers (12-4), with Root and Sigerill each scoring 18 points. Wyatt Eisenmann also reached double figures with 11 points and Trenton Montez handed out seven assists as Hoopeston Area built a 33-22 lead by halftime. Beau Wright and Tyler Runner each had 10 points to pace the Bearcats (8-10).

➜ Monticello 77, Chillicothe IVC 64. A home win in the Illini Prairie Conference opener for the Sages at the Sievers Center saw Monticello coach Kevin Roy collect his 336th victory, tying him with Tom Young for second in school history. Roy, Monticello's coach since 2006, is now 47 wins shy of tying Bob Trimble and his 383 victories for most in program history. The latest win by Roy and his Sages was sparked by Monticello making 12 three-pointers against the Grey Ghosts. Gatsby Grant led the way in that department, sinking 4 of 8 from beyond the three-point arc and finishing with a team-high 16 points for the Sages (7-8). Trey Welter scored 12 points and handed out five assists, while Raiden Colbert (10 points), Jack Weidner (10 points) and Tyler Blythe (nine points, six assists) all played an important role in the win.

➜ Normal Community 70, Champaign Central 36. The visiting Maroons couldn't slow down the state's fourth-ranked team in Class 4A, especially in the second half, with Normal Community pulling away after leading 33-20 at halftime in Big 12 play. Cayden Love scored a team-high 14 points for Central (8-9), while Luke Swanson added 10 points and Chris Bush finished with eight points for the Maroons.

➜ Oakwood 74, Chrisman 23. Oakwood started strong and didn't let up, cruising to a home VVC victory. Jackson Dudley made five three-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points for the Comets (12-5), who led 26-4 at the end of the first quarter and went into halftime ahead 52-13. Carsen Dudley wasn't far behind, also making five three-pointers and finishing with 20 points. Alec Harrison (seven points) and Brody Taflinger (six points) also chipped in. Statler Mitchell scored six points to lead Chrisman (6-9).

➜ Okaw Valley 74, Heritage 37. The host Hawks fell behind 33-12 at the end of the first quarter and couldn't catch up in a Lincoln Prairie setback. Rylan White scored a team-high 15 points for Heritage (3-14), while teammate Jacob Bensyl wound up with eight points.

➜ Prairie Central 48, St. Thomas More 41. The Hawks snapped a two-game losing streak with an Illini Prairie win that doubled as the league opener for both teams. Levi Goad scored a team-high 16 points for Prairie Central (13-4), which led 26-17 at halftime and only had four players score during the win in Champaign. Gage Steidinger scored 13 points, Tyler Curl tossed in 10 points and Talen Steidinger wound up with nine points. Wilson Kirby kept STM (11-4) in the game with a game-high 26 points as Kirby sank five three-pointers. Peace Bumba and Andrew Tay each had five points for the Sabers.

➜ Rantoul 42, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 22. In the Illini Prairie opener for both teams, Rantoul clamped down defensively in securing the home win. DJ Davis scored a team-high 15 points for the Eagles (3-11), who led 28-14 at halftime and held PBL to only three field goals in the second half. Melvin Hall added eight points, while Jayden Rice and Ross Gawenda each delivered six points. Noah Steiner had five points to lead the Panthers (4-12).

➜ Salt Fork 48, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 36. Visiting Salt Fork fended off a second-half comeback attempt by the Buffaloes to prevail in VVC action. Jameson Remole scored a game-high 13 points for Salt Fork (10-6), which led 19-8 at halftime but saw its lead dwindle to 35-29 by the start of the fourth quarter. Kamdyn Keller and Evan Webb also hit double figures by scoring 11 points apiece for the Storm. J.J. Hall scored a team-high 10 points for G-RF (4-14) and A'John Watson had nine points.

➜ Shelbyville 53, Tuscola 49. Tuscola won't finish the season undefeated. And the Warriors might fall from the No. 1 spot in the Class 1A Associated Press poll when the statewide rankings are released next week after losing their first game of the season. Tuscola (15-1) trailed the host Rams 15-6 at the end of the first quarter in the Central Illinois Conference game, but managed to trim its deficit to 36-34 by the start of the fourth quarter. Jordan Quinn scored a team-high 19 points, hitting five three-pointers, and grabbed nine rebounds, while Josiah Hortin scored 15 points, hauled in seven rebounds and handed out four assists. But the Warriors couldn't slow down Shelbyville's Jackson Jokisch, who had a game-high 25 points.

➜ Unity 75, Maroa-Forsyth 44. The balanced offense Unity usually receives saw Coleton Langendorf step up and produce in the latest win by the undefeated Rockets. Langendorf scored a game-high 17 points for Unity, which led 20-12 at the end of the first quarter and carried a 42-18 lead into halftime. Henry Thomas joined Langendorf in double figures with 10 points, while Andrew Thomas (nine points), Dalton O'Neill (nine points), Dane Eisenmenger (eight points) and Brady Parr (six points) all had timely buckets for the Rockets (14-0) in the nonconference win.

➜ Watseka 66, Schlarman 53. The visiting Warriors posted a VVC road win at Shebby Gymnasium, taking a 35-22 lead into halftime and holding on to it in the second half. Mainly tahnks to Evan LaBelle. LaBelle poured in a game-high 33 points for the Warriors (8-7), with Myles Lynch joining him in double figures with 13 points. Peyton Kuemmerle led Schlarman (1-8) with a team-high 23 points.

In girls' basketball

➜ Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 40, Cerro Gordo/Bement 32. With Claire Seal delivering another dominant performance, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond handed Cerro Gordo/Bement its first Lincoln Prairie Conference loss during a special game on Friday afternoon during the school day in Arthur. Seal poured in a game-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, making 6 of 11 shots from the field and 11 of 12 at the free throw line to power the Knights (11-7) to their fifth straight win. Lindsay Rohacs added five points, five assists and four rebounds in the win, while teammate Addi Yeakel hauled in six rebounds against the Broncos (11-5).

➜ Normal Calvary 52, Blue Ridge 20. Blue Ridge couldn't get going offensively early, falling behind 18-4 at the end of the first quarter in a road nonconference loss. Phoebe Reynolds and Karlee Fenton each had five points for the Knights (3-14).