SPRINGFIELD — In a game that featured an in-game altercation, a near-comeback by MacArthur, and, after the game, Generals coach Ron Ingram ending up at the emergency room, a late call went against MacArthur and Springfield Lanphier snapped the Generals' nine-game winning streak with a 62-59 win.
With the game tied 59-59, a foul was called on MacArthur's Zach Briggs with one second left, putting Cardell McGee at the free-throw line. McGee hit 1-of-2, and a desperation pass by MacArthur went out of bounds.
"It was a bad call," MacArthur athletic director Jason Crutcher said of the foul. "Zach had his hands straight up."
Lanphier (20-2, 13-1 Central State 8) led by as many as 14, but the Generals stormed back using defensive pressure and good shot selection, Crutcher said. The Generals (16-8, 11-3 CS8) had the chance to take the lead at the free-throw line with 16 seconds left, but Amir Brummett missed the front end of a one-and-one.
Armon Brummett led MacArthur with 19 points. McGee had 20 for Lanphier.
The altercation occurred in the third quarter, but Crutcher declined to provide any details. He said he "didn't recall" any MacArthur players being ejected. In 2014, a fight between MacArthur and Lanphier players at Lanphier resulted in a double forfeit. This time, the teams agreed to keep playing.
Ingram said he started feeling light-headed with four minutes left and was sweating profusely. Once in the locker room, he said he, "went blank." Crutcher said Ingram was also complaining of neck pain, and was taken to the emergency room for tests.
Eisenhower 60, Mount Zion 51
DECATUR — The Panthers completed a two-win weekend with a balanced scoring effort and a big second-half.
Eisenhower and Mount Zion were tied 26-26 at half, but the Panthers (9-14) broke the game open with a 16-10 advantage in the fourth quarter.
"It was a good win," Eisenhower coach Rodney Walker said. "The boys came out with the little bit of energy they had left after playing back to back and closed it out with good defense. The defense was looking pretty good.
"We had six or seven back-to-back Friday-Saturday games on our schedule this year. But the boys have toughed it out. We did what we had to do."
Quylan Young led Eisenhower with 15 points and Yansyn Taylor added 12. For Mount Zion, Jonah Smith had 16 points and Trevor Durand had 15.
MacArthur 67, Jacksonville 31
DECATUR — MacArthur finished the regular season with an impressive win at Jacksonville.
The Generals finished the regular season 18-10, 8-10 in the Central State 8.
"That's not bad for a program that hasn't won a lot in past years," MacArthur coach Michael Williams said.
Jayda Dees led the Generals with 16 points. Williams was pleased with the play of Emari Brown, who hit two 3-pointers.
"Courtnee Riley couldn't play today because of taking the ACT, so we had sophomore-in-training, Emari Brown, step in for us," Williams said. "She is a young kid, but she is probably one of the best shooters in Decatur. She hit six in our JV game on Thursday, and she hit two big bombs for us today."
Vandalia qualifies six for state
VANDALIA — The Vandalia wrestling team qualified six individuals to next week's IHSA State Wrestling Tournament in Champaign, but heavyweight Anthony Enlow took home the Vandals' only title at Saturday's Vandalia Sectional.
Enlow pinned Carterville's Lucas Scarver in the title match.
The other Vandalia qualifiers were second-place finishers Jarek Wehrle at 106 pounds, Tanner Swain at 126 pounds, Jarrett Paslay at 138 pounds, third-place finisher Garret Stewart at 182 pounds, and fourth-place finisher Dakota Gasaway at 113 pounds.
"It was a good showing," Vandalia coach Jason Clay said. "We had a couple of other chances, too, but it was a tough tournament.
"Our heavyweight, Anthony Enlow, had a good tournament. Some of our other guys had tough brackets. There were tough kids and tough matches, but hopefully that translates into success next weekend."
Also winning a sectional title was Monticello's Ethan O'Linc, who beat Mount Carmel's Chevvy Wood for the 120-pound championship.
Also advancing to state with top-four finishes were: Cumberland's Rayce Zike (fourth at 120 pounds) and Michael Carpenter (third at 145 pounds), Shelbyvillle's Cade Helton (third at 152 pounds), Monticello's Henry Dawson (fourth at 160 pounds), and Warrensburg-Latham's Adam Maxwell (fourth at 285 pounds).
At the Class 1A Stanford (Olympia) Sectional, five Clinton wrestlers advanced to state. Luke Shobe (170 pound) and Micah Downs (182 pounds) each took third, while Tyler Harris (126 pounds), Christian Reynolds (145 pounds) and Kyle Hammer (220 pounds) each finished fourth.