Tuesday's highlights: Carson drops 50 for Judah Christian

Jan. 31—In boys' basketball

Central Illinois Conference Tournament

➜ Tuscola 63, Central A&M 34. Tuscola rolled to a win in its tournament opener in Clinton, relying on a game-high 18 points and five assists from Josiah Hortin in getting one victory away from the 20-win plateau. Kam Sweetnam and Parker James each scored 10 points for the Warriors (19-4), who led 32-15 at halftime. Sweetnam added five steals and four assists, with James contributing five rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Sawyer Woodard also chipped in with nine points.


➜ Arcola 69, Heritage 20. Arcola remained undefeated in Lincoln Prairie Conference play and moved closer to the 20-win mark following a resounding home win at Nancy Stiff Gymnasium. Jackson Miller scored a game-high 20 points for the Purple Riders (18-6), who led 21-3 at the end of the first quarter. Gerardo Alanis and Braden Phillips each scored 14 points, while Tanner Thomas wound up with 12 points in the win. Rylan White led Heritage (3-21) with six points and Jacob Bensyl had five points.

➜ Argenta-Oreana 60, Sullivan 48. Four days after losing to Sullivan in the third-place game of the Lincoln Prairie Conference Tournament, the Bombers made up for it with a Lincoln Prairie home victory. The duo of Ethan Mahan and Chase Logue sparked A-O (14-10) to the win, with Mahan and Logue each scoring 19 points. Jalynn Flowers hit double figures, too, with 11 points as the Bombers overcame a 19-11 deficit at the end of the first quarter by outscoring Sullivan 40-17 in the middle two quarters. Camden Watkins scored a game-high 26 points for Sullivan (17-7) and Brett Bushue had 12 points.

➜ Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 74, Chrisman 33. Chrisman kept it close with Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin in the first half before the visiting Blue Devils put the Vermilion Valley Conference game out of reach in a dominating second-half performance at Roger Beals Court. BHRA (23-3) ran its win streak to 13 games after taking a 32-24 halftime lead and expanding it to 59-32 by the start of the fourth quarter. Keison Peoples scored a game-high 19 points to pace the Blue Devils, while Ayden Ingram tossed in 16 points on the strength of four three-pointers and Chaz Dubois added 15 points. A trio of Blue Devils — Anderson Thomas, Ethan Dubois and Micah Stanford — also chipped in with six points apiece. Connor Rhoads scored a team-high 10 points for the Cardinals (8-15).

➜ Bloomington Central Catholic 56, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 46. Paxton-Buckley-Loda never let Bloomington Central Catholic run away with the Illini Prairie Conference game in Paxton, but the host Panthers couldn't cut their deficit enough to top the Saints. Tyler Cole scored a team-high 14 points for PBL (5-17), which trailed 31-21 at halftime. Robert Boyd-Meents (12 points) and Noah Steiner (10) joined Cole in double figures.

➜ Centennial 65, Mattoon 46. Centennial earned a nonconference home win at Coleman Carrodine Gymnasium, overcoming a 23-20 halftime deficit. Jadin Schilb was one of three Chargers in double figures, with Schilb scoring 15 of his game-high 17 points in the second half. O'Neil Johnson made four three-pointers to account for all 12 of his points, while Kayden Peat compiled 11 points for Centennial (15-9).

➜ Chatham Glenwood 63, Champaign Central 47. Champaign Central couldn't keep up with the Titans, falling behind 29-16 at halftime and not able to mount a rally in the second half. Luke Swanson scored a team-high 11 points for the Maroons (11-14), while Chris Bush added eight points and seven rebounds. Aidyn Beck (six points, seven rebounds) and Axel Baldwin (six points) also contributed in the road loss.

➜ Eureka 63, Fisher 49. The host Bunnies made it a competitive Heart of Illinois Conference game before the Hornets pulled away in the second half to extend Fisher's losing streak to nine games. Sid Pfoff scored a team-high 16 points for Fisher (5-16) and teammate Ryan Hopkins recorded 13 points as the Bunnies only trailed 30-27 at halftime.

➜ Iroquois West 52, Hoopeston Area 46. Iroquois West won its second game in as many nights, receiving a team-high 17 points to go along with eight rebounds from Garrett Tammen in the VVC home win in Gilman. Jace Pankey was also a force inside, producing a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Damian Alvarado (nine points) and Tyler Read (seven points, seven rebounds) played key roles for the Raiders (10-15), who led 20-19 at halftime and increased their advantage to 39-31 at the end of the third quarter. Wyatt Eisenmann scored a game-high 22 points for Hoopeston Area (16-10) in its fourth straight loss. Trenton Montez added 10 points for the Cornjerkers.

➜ Judah Christian 86, Uni High 68. A high-scoring East Central Illinois Conference game broke out at Kenney Gym, but the visiting Tribe made enough plays late to secure the road win. Mainly thanks to Cameron Carson. Carson scored a whopping 50 points for Judah Christian, draining seven three-pointers during the prolific performance. Carson scored 11 points in the first quarter, 14 points in the second quarter, 15 points in the third quarter and capped his night with 10 points in the fourth quarter. Braydon Mora added 19 points and Judah Ruhlig also hit double figures with 11 points for Judah Christian (8-13) in its third straight victory. Olisa Allanah scored a team-high 21 points for Uni High (3-17), Tristen Ting wasn't far behind with 20 points and Coleman Clougherty added 12 points.

➜ La Salette 44, Paris 39. Eamon Martin and William Fitzpatrick combined for 26 points, lifting the host Lions (16-5) to their third straight win and 12th win in their last 13 games.

➜ Milford 60, Cissna Park 41. Gavin Schunke put on a show for Milford, leading the Bearcats to a double-digit home VVC win against their nearby foe. Schunke delivered a triple-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to help Milford (11-14) end a two-game losing skid. Schunke was one of three Bearcats in double figures, with Caleb Clutteur scoring a team-high 19 points for Milford and teammate Beau Wright coming through with 15 points. Milford outscored the Timberwolves 24-2 in the third quarter after the game was tied at 28 at halftime. Dierks Neukomm dropped in a team-high 19 points for Cissna Park (6-19) in its third consecutive defeat, while Seth Walder finished with 10 points.

➜ Normal Community 56, Mahomet-Seymour 43. Mahomet-Seymour hung around with the state's fifth-ranked team in Class 4A, but the host Bulldogs couldn't pull off an upset in their fifth straight loss. Jackson Bohm and Miles Woosley each had eight points to lead M-S (8-13), with Bohm pulling down six rebounds. Landyn Hannah added seven points and four assists for the Bulldogs.

➜ Oakwood 57, Westville 45. Oakwood reached the 20-win mark for the third straight season and won its third straight game with a quality road win in VVC action. The Comets led the Tigers 35-18 at halftime, before Westville managed to trim its deficit to 43-35 by the start of the fourth quarter. Brody Taflinger paced Oakwood (20-6) with a team-high 19 points, one of three Comets in double figures. Jackson Dudley drained four three-pointers and scored 17 points, while Alec Harrison added 11 points. Matthew Darling scored a team-high 19 points for Westville (17-7) in its second straight loss and Drew Wichtowski finished with 13 points.

➜ Okaw Valley 64, Blue Ridge 53. A close Lincoln Prairie game in Farmer City throughout saw Blue Ridge only trail 46-44 at the start of the fourth quarter before the visiting Timberwolves pulled away in the fourth quarter. Isaac Price scored a game-high 19 points for the Knights (13-9) in their third straight loss, while Zach Lewis added 12 points. Wyatt Pearl (nine points) and Colin Michaels (seven points) also contributed for Blue Ridge.

➜ Pontiac 65, Unity 59. Unity faced a double-digit defict at halftime and at the start of the fourth quarter before rallying to cut Pontiac's lead to single digits, but the host Indians had enough of a lead built up to hand Unity an Illini Prairie loss. Henry Thomas scored a team-high 23 points for the Rockets (19-2), who trailed 56-42 to start the fourth quarter. Andrew Thomas and Dane Eisenmenger each finished with seven points, while Tre Hoggard chipped in six points for Unity.

➜ Rantoul 77, Monticello 75. Rantoul got up on Monticello early, expanded its lead to double digits in the second half and then held off a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the host Sages to leave the Sievers Center with an Illini Prairie win. The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Eagles (4-14). Melvin Hall scored a team-high 19 points for Rantoul, making 5 of 6 shots from the field and 8 of 9 at the free throw line. DJ Davis added 18 points and Tyler Merrill finished with 11 points, helping the Eagles hoot a blistering 68 percent from the field en route to a season-high point total. Ross Gawenda, Holden Cargo and Justin Merrill also contributed for Rantoul with eight points apiece. Trey Welter poured in a game-high 28 points on 10 of 15 shooting, with 11 of those points in the fourth quarter as Monticello managed to cut its deficit from 66-48 to tie the game at 72 on a layup by Welter with 1 minute, 35 seconds left before Gawenda hit a three-pointer with 42 seconds left to put Rantoul ahead for good. Raiden Colbert (14 points) and Ike Young (12 points, six rebounds) complemented Welter for the Sages (11-11).

➜ St. Joseph-Ogden 72, St. Teresa 51. Balanced scoring sparked St. Joseph-Ogden once more, with five Spartans in double figures during the home nonconference victory. Luke Landrus scored a team-high 15 points for SJ-O (19-6), with the Spartans playing well in the second half after going into halftime with a 34-30 lead. Tanner Siems (14 points, eight rebounds, five steals), Coy Taylor (12 points, five assists), Tanner Jacob (11 points, three steals) and Logan Smith (10 points, nine assists, six rebounds) all played pivotal roles for SJ-O in the win.

➜ Tri-County 79, Decatur Unity Christian 58. Braxton Buckler dropped in a game-high 30 points, allowing Tri-County to post a road win in Lincoln Prairie action after the Titans only held a 32-30 lead at halftime. Kahle Lee scored 14 points and Garrett Pollock finished with 11 points for Tri-County (5-19).

➜ Tri-Valley 58, LeRoy 47. LeRoy only trailed 28-23 at halftime, but the host Panther couldn't keep up with the Vikings in an HOIC loss at Dud Berry Gymnasium. Jasper Tarr scored a team-high 16 points for LeRoy (10-12), which found itself down 46-28 to start the fourth quarter. Brycen Umstattd (10 points), Sam Edmundson (eight points) and Jordan Cox (seven points) also contributed for LeRoy.

➜ Watseka 58, Armstrong-Potomac 45. Watseka built up a 29-20 halftime lead and kept Armstrong-Potomac at bay to record a road VVC win. Evan LaBelle scored a game-high 21 points for the Warriors (13-9), with Payton Schaumburg dropping in 16 points and Myles Lynch contributing 10 points to joining LaBelle in double figures. Kollin Asbury scored a team-high 20 points for the Trojans (12-13), and Cole Bailey had 10 points.

In girls' basketball

➜ Cissna Park 45, Ridgeview 20. Addison Lucht scored a game-high 17 points and made six steals, helping Cissna Park to its third straight victory after a road nonconference triumph. Sophie Duis (eight points), Josie Neukomm (seven points) and Julia Edelman (four points, seven steals, three assists) also factored into the win by the Timberwolves (17-7). Kenzie Wesson scored a team-high 14 points for Ridgeview (9-17), while teammate Presleigh Beck accounted for the other six points from the Mustangs.

In wrestling

➜ At Westville. Westville earned a 36-30 win against Rantoul 36-30 in a dual meet, while Centennial knocked off the Eagles 54-6 in another dual meet. Ty McMasters at 132 pounds and Gabriel Kiddoo at 165 compiled pins for the host Tigers against Rantoul, with Kiddoo doing so in only 42 seconds. Daniele Alele at 165, Sergio Baity at 175 and Ettavias Holmen-Anderson at 215 recorded pins for Centennial in its match with Rantoul, with Alele needing 59 seconds for his pin. Harley Schultz at 175, Erick Almanza at 190 and Drew Owen at 215 all produced pins for Rantoul against Westville.