COLLINSVILLE — Low energy brought down the Eisenhower boys on Thursday against Oakville, Mo., in a 58-48 loss at the Prairie Farms Collinsville Holiday Classic. 

"It was a tough game for us starting off. The energy wasn't where it was supposed to be on offense," Eisenhower coach Rodney Walker said. "We struggled with having the energy to get to our spots. It was a dog fight and they beat us by 10. There was not enough consistency."

The Tigers and Panthers played to a 26-26 tie at halftime and were still even 38-38 at the end of the third. But the Panthers (3-5) faded in the fourth quarter. 

Eisenhower's Quylan Young led all scorers with 24 points and Cameron Rowe added 10. 

Tommy Purschke led Oakville with 19 points and Brenden Gillman added 17. 

MacArthur 72, Rockford East 64

COLLINSVILLE — After trailing by as many as eight in the fourth quarter, MacArthur stormed back for a late-night win in overtime against Rockford East.

Armon Brummett led the Generals with 24 points and seven rebounds.

Ray Neal scored 14 for the Generals and Keenan Ingram added 10.

MacArthur (4-4) came up with 10 steals and eight blocks, with three blocks coming from Zach Briggs.

Chris Brunell led Rockford East (5-6) with 18 points and Scott Howan (13) was also in double figtures.

Rockford East out-rebounded MacArthur 48-26 and had nearly as many offensive rebounds (22) as the Generals had total rebounds.

MacArthur plays Edwardsville at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, and the winner of that game plays the winner of the Collinsville-East St. Louis game.


Eisenhower 56, Tolono Unity 54

DECATUR — It was the tale of two halves for Eisenhower, which escaped with the two-point victory over Tolono Unity in the Eisenhower Holiday Tournament thanks to a game-winning shot by Seven Sassano.

The Panthers led 31-20 at the half but gave the advantage to Tolono in the second as the Rockets outscored them 34-25. 

"We started off shooting the ball really well. As the game went on, we cooled off," Eisenhower coach Sean Flaherty said. "Unity made a nice run at the end. If this had been a couple of weeks ago, we probably would've lost. But we are growing up a bit. I'm happy about that."

The Panthers were led by Sassano's 17 points, followed closely by Jurnee Flournoy's 16. Markesha Jackson added 12 points. 

Flaherty was very happy with his team's performance and growth over the season — especially after a win against Springfield Southeast later in the day, a team that had beaten the Panthers twice this season. 

"This was probably our most complete game of year. There was balanced scoring and it was some good team basketball," he said. "By far, our best overall effort of the season. It has been neat watching the girls evolve and learn the rules. I'm extremely pleased with the balanced scoring. We didn't have to rely on just one or two girls."

Champaign Central 52, MacArthur 41

DECATUR — MacArthur went 1-1 on the day, losing to Champaign Central in Eisenhower Holiday Tournament action. 

"We dug a hole for ourselves and we had a tough time coming out ready to play," MacArthur coach Mike Williams said. "We need to have a better focus and better leadership, better attitudes. We need to cut the talking back or else they're going to sit."

The Generals trailed by one, 20-19, at the half but watched that lead expand to 11 by the end of the game. 

MacArthur was led by Jayda Dees who scored 12 points. Quincenia Jackson added eight points. 


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