DECATUR — MacArthur jumped out to a quick lead, led by Amir Brummett's 12 first quarter points, and went on to win 62-36 over Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin in a Central State 8 Conference game on Tuesday.
The Generals took a 36-8 lead into the half and rolled to a 26-point victory.
Brummett finished with 17 points but it was Ray Neal Jr.'s night as he led the Generals with 20.
MacArthur (17-8, 11-3) was captained by assistant coach Tarise Bryson Tuesday as coach Ron Ingram was recovering from angina that hospitalized him over the weekend.
MacArthur Athletic Director Jason Crutcher was pleased this the Generals' performance.
"They did well and they played hard like they usually do," he said. "They jumped on it pretty early and had a good lead at half time. I hope they can bring that intensity on Friday."
Sacred Heart-Griffin (12-14, 7-8) was led by Nick Broeker who scored nine points.
Monticello 54, Tolono Unity 23
TOLONO — The Monticello won at least a share of the Illini Prairie Conference, as its strong defense held Tolono Unity in check throughout.
"We played a great defensive first half and we held the ball and stayed focused on both ends of the court," Monticello coach Kevin Roy said. "Our guys transitioned well from defense to offense. Everybody did a nice job defensively all the way through"
The Sages (21-1, 8-0) took a 26-5 lead into halftime and never let the Rockets come back.
Roy was happy with his team's effort and point guard Johnny Dawson's on-point shooting.
"It was a good team effort tonight, particularly from Dawson who was 6-for-6 from the field," Roy said. "(Calvin) Fisher stepped up like he always has."
Fisher led all scorers with 13 points and Dawson added 12 points.
Lincoln 53, Bloomington 45
BLOOMNGTON — With Lincoln holding a four-point lead with two minutes remaining, Ben Grunder had no intention of letting that advantage slip away.
"We knew we had to close the game," said Grunder, the Railers' 6-foot-2 senior workhorse. "We had a lot invested in it and we weren't going to let them take it away."
Grunder made the investment pay off, cashing in with 30 points by finishing the game with four straight free throws that sealed Lincoln's win against Class 4A No. 8 Bloomington.
"It was a great game for us, playing this competition with athletes like that and their quickness," said Lincoln coach Neil Alexander, who won his 800th game on Friday against Effingham. "We're going to have to do that to win a regional and that's our goal right now."
Lincoln (21-5) also got 15 points from Isaiah Bowers.
The Railers never trailed after Grunder hit a 3-pointer just before the first-quarter buzzer to make it 9-7. He shot 7-of-9 from the field with two treys and made 14 of 16 free throws.
"Ben Grunder had a great game. He got to the basket," Alexander said. "He's just strong with the ball. He's a strong individual and he uses his body well. He attacked the basket. This is by far one of his better games."
Teutopolis 59, Mattoon 39
TEUTOPOLIS — Teutopolis took advantage of a slow start and a turnover-filled third quarter for Mattoon to cruise to a win.
“We talked about the keys to the game before, knock down shots, rebound and take care of the basketball and didn’t do two things very well and the third one was average at best,” Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere said. “It’s kind of the same story we’ve had several times since Christmas break. We have to learn from our mistakes and fix them and move on and learn from them.
“It’s like Groundhog Day, we just keep making the same mistake over and over again and we keep calling timeouts for the same things and we aren’t making many adjustments, which is frustrating.”
Jacob Spitz finished with 12 points for Mattoon (9-14) and Jadyn Princko had 10. Clint Weber had a game-high 14 points for Teutopolis (18-8) and Dawson Smith and Lee Hardiek each had 10 points.