CHATHAM -- MacArthur has played three close games in five days in the midst of this non-Springfield Central State 8 round robin. The difference for Tuesday's game that the Generals didn't have to deal with in two games over the weekend -- senior star Keymonta Johnson was absent.
Johnson didn't play, and Generals coach Ron Ingram didn't offer a reason, so the Generals needed a team effort and delivered one to hold off and beat Chatham Glenwood late, 53-51.
"We played some great team basketball tonight," Ingram said. "All the guys stepped up big and did some things they normally have not done."
Without Johnson in the lineup, Dallas McClain (10 points), Amir Brummett (13) and Kieran Cook (10) all reached double figures scoring.
McClain was the man of the night, scoring the game-winning basket.
"We had to fill the shoes of Keymonta," Ingram said. "Dallas had a huge game outside of scoring points. He played the entire game."
St. Teresa 70, Clinton 56
CLINTON -- Stuck in a gridlock at halftime, tied at 30, St. Teresa showed what separates it from Clinton in a battle of two teams with 2-0 CIC records.
Led by Isaiah Bond's 16 points and Ray Smith's 14, the Bulldogs surged ahead in a 22-point third quarter and coupled it with a closing final period.
"We gave them everything they wanted for the better part of the first three quarters," Clinton coach Clay Haurberg said. "In the second half, they got some offensive rebounds that led to easy buckets and free throws.
"They're a relentless team when it comes to crashing the offensive boards. We were able to contain that for a while, but in the latter stages of the game, they really hurt us there."
Jacob Overton had a team-high 17 points for the Maroons, while St. T slowed down Peyton McCubbin (15 points) after he scored more than 20 in Clinton's previous two CIC matchups.
Jacksonville 56, Eisenhower 46
DECATUR -- The Panthers experienced how they could struggle without Stefon Jarrett on Friday when he sat on the bench for much of the first half in foul trouble. They had to manage without him completely against Jacksonville.
Stephon Bobbitt picked up the slack with 14 points and K.T. Graves added 10 in seeing more playing time, but the Panthers took a loss.
Jacksonville closed each half strong, outscoring Eisenhower 18-13 in the second period and 16-11 in the fourth.
"It was a great game," Eisenhower coach Rodney Walker said. "The guys played well and played harder tonight. We were outrebounded down the stretch, but played shorthanded with Stefon Jarrett being out.
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"The score is not indicative of how close a game this was tonight."
Warrensburg-Latham 76, Shelbyville 41
SHELBYVILLE -- The Rams picked a bad night to play Warrensburg, one when the Cardinals were firing on all cylinders.
The Cardinals made 7 of 12 3-pointers and 50.9 percent of all their shots. They had Shelbyville facing a 43-17 deficit by halftime and bumped it up to a 39-point lead before coasting in the fourth quarter.
"We shot the ball extremely well," Warrensburg coach Vic Binkley said. "We had four guys in double figures. (Collin) Swallow came out and hit four 3s in the first quarter."
Swallow finished with 17. Tyler Bond scored a team-high 18, while AJ Duff added 14 and Garrett Shea scored 12.
For Shelbyville, Malcolm Miller and Turner Pulled scored nine apiece.
Maroa-Forsyth 68, Cerro Gordo-Bement 41
MAROA -- Scoring like they have all season, Maroa's Parker Barrett (26 points) and Brody Adreon (25) led the Trojans to a big win.
But as Maroa coach Robo Kreps said, "The name of the game was defense."
"Our defensive pressure bothered them in the second half and allowed us to go on a little run," Kreps said. "And we finally got some offensive rebounds for easy putbacks. It was a good team win, and the defense won us the game."
The Trojans defense silenced everyone around CGB's Frankie Foran. But Foran scored a team-high 18 points for the Broncos.
Rantoul 89, Charleston 71
CHARLESTON -- For one half, Charleston stuck with Rantoul’s fast-paced offense. But the Trojans couldn't do it for 16 more minutes.
Charleston went into halftime tied with Rantoul at 38 and was down three points midway through the third quarter, but the Eagles kept running and were able to pull away from Charleston. Rantoul outscored the Trojans 51-33 in the second half en route to the win.
“They are a good team and we stood toe-to-toe with them for a little while there,” Charleston coach Jim Wood said. “They missed some shots in the first half, and it seemed like they kind of stopped missing in the second half."
Will Strader led Charleston with 22 points.