PANA — The Pana boys basketball team got off to a quick start and took a six-point lead into halftime, but Shelbyville recovered and came all the way back for the victory 75-62 Tuesday.
The Panthers went up 24-13 after the first quarter and led 35-29 at the half. But the stubborn Rams (2-0) didn't give up and, led by Malcolm Miller's 32 points, they took the lead. Turner Pullen and Kade Kull each added 17 points of their own.
"We came out pretty flat and Pana took it to us," Shelbyville coach Bob Herdes said. "In the second half, we found our footing and came back really well to win. I was disappointed that we weren't better prepared in the beginning."
Pana also had the hot hand behind the 3-point line, connecting on eight.
Mahomet-Seymour 52, Mount Zion 39
MAHOMET — Mount Zion and Mahomet-Seymour played three even quarters of basketball before the Bulldogs pulled away 17-6 in the fourth quarter to grab the victory.
"Mahomet is a good team and it was a two-point game going into the fourth quarter, but we just ran out of gas," Mount Zion coach Bryon Graven said. "They out-shot us from the line. We were not mentally tough enough to take that. We need to improve on that.
"Mahomet is a very physical team and we weren't physical back. We need to learn to mentally be able to handle the physical play."
Cory Noe led the Bulldogs' (5-2, 3-0) scoring with 23 points. Grant Coleman added 10 in the victory.
Jonah Smith's team-best 17 points for the Braves (1-3, 0-1) included three three-pointers.
Cumberland 68, Casey-Westfield 65
TOLEDO — There multiple lead changes throughout the four quarters. It came down to free throws as the Pirates were able to convert down the stretch to thwart the Warriors’ comeback attempt.
“We made a lot of mistakes tonight, but the effort was there and if that is there, the wins will come, “ said Cumberland coach Justin Roedl following the win. “Tyson Magee and Zach Wolke did what we needed them to do tonight. Definitely our biggest win to date but not where we want to peak. It’s a stepping stone for the rest of the season."
Magee led Cumberland with 29 points while Wolke chipped in 13.
Lincoln 62, Mattoon 33
MATTOON — Lincoln, known for its 1-2-2 zone press, shut down Mattoon for the opening 6:58, taking a 15-0 lead before the Green Wave ended the opening quarter with a basket by Jaydon Noe, who stole the ball for one of only five Lincoln turnovers.
Mattoon battled back to within eight in the third quarter, but the Railsplitters (5-2, 2-0 Apollo) used a patient offense in the opening quarter, making 7-of-12 from the field, to build their lead.
"It was not a good start especially against a good team like Lincoln," said Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere. "You can't dig that big of a hole early."
Mattoon had just nine turnovers at half, but finished with 24, while Lincoln, coached by Neil Alexander, who is in his 28th year and is currently 628-216, made half of its 28 field goal attempts.
Eisenhower 60, Rantoul 33
RANTOUL — Jurnee Flournoy and Seven Sassano each had double-doubles for Eisenhower to lead the Panthers to a road win.
Flournoy led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Sassano snagged 12 rebounds and scored 11 points.
"I thought Jurnee and Seven really worked well together and that was critical for us," Eisenhower coach Sean Flaherty said. "We don't often see two girls with double-doubles."
Eisenhower (1-5) sprang to a 31-10 lead at halftime through strong defense.
"This was our most complete game of the year," Flaherty said. "Our defensive intensity was the best I've seen this year. We've stressed hustling back and rebounding and we did well at that tonight."