CERRO GORDO -- Maroa-Forsyth was pushed nearly to the limit by Cerro Gordo-Bement Wednesday at the Macon County Tournament on the consolation side and escaped with a two-point victory 64-62.
The Broncos that controlled the game early, jumping out to a 20-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and they held a slim 34-32 lead at the half.
Maroa outplayed Cerro Gordo in the second half, led by a game-high 27 points from Daanish Mahmood.
"(Daanish) came back from a suspension to give us a huge lift," Maroa-Forsyth coach Blake Reynolds said. "He had a great effort and gave us stability on offense that we haven't seen."
Aaron Agee added 22 points for the Trojans.
Reynolds was concerned by his team's defense which was bailed out by the offense against the Broncos.
"We have to work on our discipline. We weren't disciplined enough on defense," he said. "Luckily, we scored enough to get the win but we want to talk about that and taking care of the ball."
Cerro Gordo's offense featured a balanced scoring attack with three players in double figures.
Timothy Winters scored a team-high 15 points while Matthew Guffy added 12 and Wes McDermith scored 10 for the Broncos.
The victory placed the Trojans in a the consolation bracket championship game against Argenta-Oreana at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Argenta-Oreana 76, Sangamon Valley 46
CERRO GORDO -- In other consolation round action at the Macon County Tournament Argenta-Oreana topped Sangamon Valley.
The Bombers spread their scoring around to nearly everyone, with four players had 10 or more points.
"Overall, it was a good team win tonight. We shared the basketball better than we have been lately," Argenta-Oreana coach Matt Hall said. "We had shots spread around the roster which is always good when kids are contributing up and down the roster."
Drew Johnson led the Bombers with 13 points, Nate Logan and Kyle Rigsby each had 11, and Ryan Gifford added 10 points.
Sangamon Valley was led by Kale Pollard's 11 points.
The Bombers took a 31-23 led into halftime and then they turned up the defense on the Storm in the second half.
"In the second half, they did a really great job turning up the intensity and running away with the win," Hall said. "We are just chipping away each day and getting better."
Effingham St. Anthony 55, Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 42
COWDEN -- Led by strong performances by Meg Richards and Olivia Clausius, Effingham St. Anthony defeated Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City.
"We had a really nice offensive game by everyone tonight," St. Anthony coach Bart Wiedman said. "(Point guards) Maryann Saba and Keri McGuire did a great job getting them the ball in position to score."
Richards scored a team high 20 points for the Bulldogs (4-6), followed by Clausius' 13.
Cowden-Herrick was led by Jaelyn Robertson's 10 points.
The Bulldogs led 23-13 at the half and kept the Bobcats at a safe distance throughout the second half.