COLLINSVILLE -- Eisenhower got all it wanted in its Collinsville Holiday Classic opener Wednesday -- revenge and a rematch.
With an 10-point swing in the fourth quarter, the Panthers erased a three-point deficit to beat Belleville East 58-51.
It was Eisenhower finishing off Belleville East as it didn't in last season's consolation championship game at the Classic. Then, the Panthers blew a fourth-quarter lead and lost in overtime.
It setup a second-round matchup at 10 a.m. today with Central State Eight foe Springfield Southeast, a rematch of a close Eisenhower loss earlier this year.
It left coach Rodney Walker feeling good, as he has been lately.
"Our boys are playing true Panther basketball the past three games -- constant pressure with no let down," Walker said. "We are a unit and when we work together as a unit, I feel comfortable with our chances against any team."
Eisenhower forced 15 Belleville turnovers, but both sides shot 50 percent.
Qualyn Young's 14 points and Stephon Bobbitt's 10 led the Panthers.
Eisenhower held Illinois recruit Javon Pickett to 13 points.
MacArthur 84, Collinsville 64
COLLINSVILLE -- Armon and Amir Brummett came to play, and it led to a MacArthur rout.
The Brummett twins were 17-of-21 combined shooting from the field, with Armon scoring 22 points (plus five assists, two steals) and Amir adding 21.
The Generals were ahead of the tournament hosts 50-29 by halftime.
"We did really well the first half," MacArthur coach Ron Ingram said. "We shared the basketball. We were trying to focus on getting at least 15 assists. I think we came close to that."
They surpassed it with 16.
Adrian Williams also played a big game with eight points and 10 rebounds.
"All the stuff we've been working on the past couple of weeks, it really showed tonight," Ingram said.
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The Generals advanced to play East St. Louis at 1 p.m. today.
Pana 79, Patoka 47
VANDALIA -- Jerod Cain scored 33 points for Patoka, but Pana's defense practically knocked out the Warriors from the start.
The Panthers led 22-8 after a big first quarter on the third day of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
"We started out very strong and brought a lot of effort and intensity," Pana coach Adam Metzger said. "We played great defense. All of our starters and bench players came in and brought it from the very start.
"(Nick) McMillen came up with some huge defensive plays for us."
McMillen scored 14 points as Pana had balanced scoring. Adam Miller added a team-high 19 and Kyle Lynch had 18.
The win pushed Pana into today's championship game at 8 p.m. against Effingham St. Anthony. The Bulldogs beat Flora, 53-38, late Wednesday.
St. Anthony beat Pana already in the tournament, 50-48 on Tuesday.
Oaklawn 67, Mattoon 62
Mattoon 74, Altamont 59
TEUTOPOLIS -- The Green Wave salvaged a win in pool play of the Effingham/Teutopolis Christmas Classic against Altamont and will play for seventh place today against county rival Charleston.
And by losing to Mattoon, Altamont went winless.
The Green Wave trailed the Indians 39-38 in the third quarter before a 20-0 run gave them everything they needed to coast to victory.
“They found a way to win,” Mattoon coach Josh Forsythe said. “I am sure it was nerve wracking and it was on their mind that we have been preaching finishing games. In the end, they did what we asked them to do and found a way to win and finish off the game, which makes the next time they are in that situation a little easier for them.”
Dalton Stephens led Mattoon with 23 points and eight rebounds, Davis Johnson had 17 points, Jaydon Noe scored 12 and Jacob Spitz had 10.