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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Danville prepares for first round

Feb. 17—DANVILLE — The last two games of the regular season has shown improvement for the Danville High boys basketball team at the right time.

With the IHSA Class 3A regional starting on Monday, the Vikings are coming off a win over Glenbard West at the Watchfire Signs Shootout and a clos loss to Champaign Central.

"I felt we have played very well in the last two games," Danville head coach Durrell Robinson said. "Glenbard was a good team from the Chicago Area with 17 wins and they were very disciplined. We showed great discipline in coming back in the fourth quarter to get the win.

"Against Central, we played better from the third quarter on and it showed that we had to improve on somethings. We could have shot the ball better from the free-throw line. We shot 14-25 Our effort was there, but we have to do the little things to get the chance to win on the road.

Robinson said the Vikings has shown flashes of great play during the year and hopes that it can be more consistent in the playoffs.

"We do really well against good opponents in segments, but we haven't really put it all together," Robinson said. "I felt like we played our best quality game against Normal West at home, especially in the second half. We played great on defense and that's what is going to carry us going forward in regionals.

The Vikings will start regional play on Monday against Rantoul at 6 p.m. The Vikings beat the Eagles 82-56 in December, but Robinson knows that might as well have been last season.

"Rantoul is going to be a quality opponent," Robinson said. "We played them earlier this year and beat them. But we know other teams get better and nothing matters right now because we are all 0-0, so we have to find a way to win."

Robinson is not only looking for continued good play from junior guard Ja'Vaughn Robinson, but great play from all of the Vikings.

"That's for everyone, including him," Robinson said. "We have to find a way to not rely on one person. If someone doesn't have it, someone will have to step up."

The chance to host the regional this season is also something that will work in the Vikings' favor next week.

"I told them today in practice about taking advantage of this situation," Robinson said. "The last time we hosted a regional was when my little cousin Kendle Moore played here so we have to put our best foot forward."

Danville will not be the only team playing in regional action on Monday.

In Class 2A, Hoopeston Area will host Iroquois West on Monday. If the Cornjerkers win, they will face Prairie Central on Wednesday. Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin will be playing on Wednesday as well against either Watseka or Paxton-Buckley-Loda.

Westville will be in the St. Joseph-Ogden regional and will travel to Sullivan.

In Class 1A, Salt Fork will host a regional and will start on Monday against Schlarman Academy, while Georgetown-Ridge Farm will travel to Armstrong-Potomac.