Belleville East battles Decatur Eisenhower
Belleville East ended up on the wrong side of the bracket Wednesday.
Decatur Eisenhower outscored the Lancers 18-8 in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 58-51 victory in the first round of the 33rd annual Collinsville-Prairie Farms Holiday Classic.
East (5-4) took a 43-40 lead on a 3-pointer by junior Malachi Smith in the final second of the third quarter. The Lancers led 49-48 with 4:02 to play, but sophomore K.J. Taliferro hit a 3-pointer out of the left corner with 2:20 left to put the Panthers (5-3) ahead 51-49.
“It was pretty tough,” Lancers senior Rico Sylvester said of the defeat. “They’re a good team. We couldn’t really do much against their 1-3-1 (defense). We’re kind of in a struggle right now, but hopefully, (Thursday) we can get back at it and get back on track.
“They were getting to the rim at will. We were in it and then got out of it. We didn’t get any stops on defense and rebounding killed us. We couldn’t play defense.”
Smith led all scorers with 19 points, while senior Javon Pickett finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Junior Qualyn Young had 14 points for Eisenhower.
Both teams shot 50 percent from the field (21-for-42). Eisenhower outrebounded the Lancers 25-21 and outscored them 17-3 on second chances.
“When we attacked, we scored points, and sometimes in bunches,” East coach Abel Schrader said. “But when we settled for 3s, we didn’t score as easy and they went on some runs. We didn’t do enough to win the game.”
East will face the Oakville (0-3) at 10 a.m. Thursday in the consolation quarterfinals in the auxiliary gym. Last year, the Lancers lost to Decatur MacArthur in the first round, then started a seven-game winning streak to earn the consolation championship.
“Things haven’t necessarily gone our way,” said Schrader, whose team has lost four of its last five. “It doesn’t mean we’re not a good team, but we’ve got to clean some things up. We’ve got to fix some things. We’ve got to make sure we’re minimizing mistakes, especially in crucial moments of the game, which have been for us the last four or five minutes of games.”
Althoff 82, Hazelwood East 58
There was no rust for the second-seeded Crusaders, who received 36 points and nine rebounds from senior Jordan Goodwin in its dismantling of the Spartans.
Goodwin was 15-for-22 from the field, including 5-for-7 on 3-pointers, as Althoff improved to 6-2.
In his last three games, Goodwin has 120 points.
“Jordan just works on his game,” Althoff coach Greg Leib said. “He’s been shooting before (practice), shooting after. He’s been calling me at night to come in and shoot some more. It’s nothing fancy. A lot of hard work’s behind that. And a lot of it is confidence. He’s built that up and doesn’t doubt it.”
Goodwin raced into the lane and finished a missed shot by senior C.J. Coldon with a dunk. Later in the game, Goodwin missed a dunk, but raced to the 3-point line and popped a 20-footer to extend Althoff’s lead.
The Crusaders led 26-14 after one, 44-24 at halftime and 72-42 after three, which ignited a continuous running clock in the fourth quarter.
Coldon had 17 points for Althoff and senior Marvin Bateman had 15 points and three 3-pointers. The Crusaders shot 50 percent (31-for-62).
East St. Louis 68, Riverview Gardens 47
The third-seeded Flyers were off and running from the outset as they vaulted to a 30-10 lead after one quarter and were never threatened.
East Side (7-3) was led by sophomore Terrence Hargrove Jr., who scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Senior Jeremiah Tilmon, the Illinois recruit, chipped in with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
“We worked all week on running the wings, spreading the floor and playing hard – playing hard together,” East St. Louis Phillip Gilbert said. “The first quarter, we looked pretty good. We had a couple of lapses where we kind of relaxed. We can’t do that against other teams. We need to sustain maximum effort and keep playing.”
The 6-foot-6 Hargrove had three powerful dunks and was 8-for-13 from the field.
“I was just feeling it today,” Hargrove said. “I was just playing another game and doing the sport I love to do. Coach says my responsibility is to rebound and run the floor. That’s exactly what I do. I follow his orders.
“I know Jeremiah has all the attention. He’s a big Illini commit. But he can’t do it by himself. He always needs us to play with him.”
East Side will play Decatur MacArthur in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Decatur MacArthur 84, Collinsville 64
The Generals set a tournament record with 15 3-pointers, nine of them from identical twins Amir and Armon Brummett.
Armon Brummett led all scorers with 22 points and made four 3-pointers. Amir Brummett had 21 points and five 3-pointers.
The former record of 14 3-pointers in a game was held by Peoria vs. Granite City in 1996 and Lincoln vs. Althoff in 2009.
The Generals (5-2) led 50-29 at halftime and extended the margin to 59-32 in the third quarter. MacArthur finished 15-for-27 from beyond the arc.
Senior Ronnie Midgett led Collinsville (4-6) with 21 points. Senior Kenrique Brown had 18 points. The Kahoks committed 16 turnovers.
MacArthur shot 54 percent from the field (32-for-59).
Quincy 63, Granite City 44
Parker Bland had 23 points and Garrett Gadeke had 14 to lead the Blue Devils to their ninth win in 10 games.
Freddy Edwards had 11 points for the Warriors (0-10).
Springfield Southeast 67, Oakville 35
The fourth-seeded Spartans raced to a 41-15 halftime lead and never looked back. There was a running clock in the fourth quarter.
Senior Trevyon Williams led all scorers with 17 points for Southeast (9-1).
Lincoln 52, Urbana 43
Isaiah Bowers scored 16 points and Titus Cannon and Bryson Kirby had 13 points apiece to guide the Railsplitters (9-1).