Boys Basketball

Althoff, East St. Louis, Collinsville win; Belleville East’s second-half rally fizzles

Althoff was in a league of its own Monday.

The top-seeded Crusaders got points from 11 players, made 13 3-pointers and dusted off eight dunks in a 97-56 drubbing of Urbana in the Collinsville-Prairie Farms Holiday Classic.

Althoff (8-1) came within one 3-pointer of tying the tournament record of 14 set by Lincoln in 2009 against Althoff and by Peoria in 1996 against Granite City. The Crusaders shot 61 percent (35-for-57), dished out 23 assists and forced 24 turnovers by the Tigers (1-8).

Junior Jordan Goodwin led all scorers with 29 points, going 12-for-15 from the field. Junior C.J. Coldon had 18 points, senior Tarkus Ferguson had 16 and senior Brendon Gooch had 10.

Althoff had a 56-29 lead at halftime and an 84-44 advantage after three quarters. Because they had a lead of at least 30 points, there was a running clock in the fourth quarter.

Fans hoping for Althoff to reach the century mark implored the Crusaders to shoot at every opportunity, but the clock expired, denying them a share of the 3-point record and 100 points.

Althoff will meet Granite City (6-3) in the quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

East St. Louis 75, Riverview Gardens 55

First-year East St. Louis coach Phillip Gilbert wants his Flyers to play like junkyard dogs — perpetually on the attack.

With senior Kenny Roberson leading the pack, East Side met Gilbert’s expectations Monday with a 20-point victory over Riverview Gardens.

The 6-foot-2 Roberson had a career-high 31 points and was 6-for-8 from beyond the arc, leading East St. Louis to its fifth consecutive win. Roberson was 11-for-14 from the field.

“I just had the hot hand,” Roberson said. “Last year, I didn’t get a lot of playing time, so over the summer, I worked hard. Last year, I couldn’t shoot. I started working on my shot.”

Roberson also had six rebounds and a dazzling dunk on an equally dazzling lob from senior Marquise Chairs, who piled up eight more assists to give him 53 this season.

“Usually, they don’t run that for me. They run it for (senior) Patrick Baxter,” Roberson said. “But this time, they ran it for me and I dunked it. It’s a set play.”

Chairs and Baxter scored 11 points apiece for East St. Louis (6-4), which will meet second-seeded Lincoln (8-2) in the quarterfinals at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“Our claim to fame is our pressure on the defensive end,” Gilbert said. “We get points off the defensive end. We really focused on that today, and it showed.

“I tell them before the game, even before we get to the gym, ‘We have to be dogs,’” Gilbert said. A dog is always in attack mode. He’s always trying to protect home. As individuals on this team, I want the guys to really get the mindset of protecting and fighting for us. We want to come out and get the first punch against everybody we play.”

Led by Roberson, the Flyers shot 55 percent (30-for-55).

“He’s turning into a tremendous ballplayer,” Gilbert said. “He’s stepping up when his number’s called, and that’s offensively and defensively. He’s one of the hearts and souls of our team. I’m very proud of him. I’m proud of his preparation, first and foremost.”

Roberson said the Flyers are gaining confidence with every win.

“I’ve got faith in my team that we can win this whole tournament,” Roberson said. “If we keep playing like we just played, we’ll get it.”

MacArthur 67, Belleville East 55

East fell behind early, recovered somewhat, then stumbled down the stretch in a loss to Decatur MacArthur.

Junior Javon Pickett poured in a game-high 34 points on 13-for-22 shooting and also grabbed 10 rebounds, but he had little support as the Lancers slipped to 6-4.

“You can’t turn it over 20 times and give up 10 to 12 offensive rebounds and beat a team,” said Lancers coach Abel Schrader, whose team actually allowed 23 offensive rebounds. “We didn’t play well. We practiced for three straight days against the press with six guys on the court. We didn’t handle it very well and when we had opportunities, we didn’t capitalize.”

The Lancers trailed 18-9 after one quarter and 37-27 at halftime. They cut the gap to 44-40 in the third quarter, but the rally fizzled.

“We always felt we would get back in the game because they were going to keep shooting the basketball,” Schrader said. “We got it cut to four. We just couldn’t do enough and we kept compounding one error with another. It wasn’t a good morning.

“We’ve got another one (Tuesday) morning, the same type of game. They’re going to press us, they’ll be athletic. We’ll see if we can do a better job.”

East will play McCluer North (4-4) at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the auxiliary gymnasium.

MacArthur (7-2), which got 17 points and 15 rebounds from senior Keymonta Johnson and 17 points from sophomore Amir Brummett, will face third-seeded Springfield Southeast (7-2) in the quarterfinals at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The teams have split two games already this season.

East shot 35 percent from the field (20-for-57) and was just 2-for-15 (13 percent) on 3-pointers. Senior Drew Millas was the Lancers’ second-leading scorer with seven points. Millas also had six steals. Senior Jalen Jones had a team-best 11 rebounds.

“I’ve always said this: We’ve got kids who can score the basketball,” Schrader said. “We’ve just got to put it together in a game. I thought we had some decent opportunities. We had some layups and we got the ball in the middle in the second half quite a bit. We didn’t finish it, and we didn’t do enough on the other end, either, to win.”

Collinsville 59, Oakville 41

The host Kahoks improved to 4-4 with their most balanced effort of the season.

Junior Ronnie Midgett scored a game-high 13 points and senior Zach Flora and sophomore Jake Hall had 10 apiece. Junior Sam Webb added nine points and nine rebounds, junior Jaaron Williams had seven points and senior Tommy Maden had six.

“We’re trying to do a better job of executing the offense and sharing the basketball,” said Kahoks coach Darin Lee, whose club will face fourth-seeded Quincy (9-2) in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Tuesday. “We’re running plays when we want to run them, which we haven’t always done. And we’re guarding and defending a little better.”

Collinsville canned seven 3-pointers, two apiece by Webb and Hall that helped create separation. The Kahoks shot 50 percent (20-for-40) and dropped the Tigers to 2-4.

“If teams are going to concentrate on (Midgett and Maden), we’re going to have to share,” Lee said. “That will help them because it will open up some things for them also.”

Lincoln 48, Fort Zumwalt North 45

The No. 2-seeded Railsplitters, the two-time defending champions, trailed by double digits in the first quarter, but rallied for a narrow victory to advance to the quarterfinals.

Senior K.J. Fry had 17 points and five 3-pointers and senior Garrett Aeilts had 13 points and four 3-pointers. Senior Aron Hopp had six assists. Lincoln was 11-for-27 from beyond the arc.

Senior Blake Wilson had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Panthers (3-4).

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David Wilhelm: 618-239-2665, @DavidMWilhelm

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