DECATUR -- After a strong first half, St. Teresa couldn't do much wrong.
But a Meridian surge in the third quarter nearly chopped all of St. T's 12-point lead away. The Bulldogs hung on, though, for a 50-48 win against the Hawks.
"I am really, really pleased with how our guys came out tonight," St. T coach Tom Noonan said. "They played a great first half, executed the gameplan and rebounded the ball well."
Isaiah Bond led the offense with 19 points and Ray Smith added 14 more. Meridian was led by Layne Kircher's 11.
The Bulldogs' schedule continues today when they take on Bloomington Central Catholic, the team they beat to advance to the state tournament last year. BCC returns much of last year's roster.
Arcola 37, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 62 OT
ARCOLA -- After GRF stormed back in the fourth quarter, Kollin Seaman extended the Riders life with a 3-pointer to send the game in overtime.
Arcola, didn't waste Seaman's shot, winning the overtime period 17-12.
"We were very happy to beat that team," Arcola coach Mike Shaffer said. "They are very talented and well-coached. It was a physical game and our kids just persevered and made some great plays to get us there."
Seaman finished the night with 30 points, hitting four 3s. Cole Hutton and Wyatt Fishel each added 10.
Warrensburg-Latham 58, Sullivan 37
WARRENSBURG -- The Cardinals defense came out tough, holding the Redskins to two first-quarter points and 37 for the game.
Those numbers are going to make Warrensburg coach Vic Binkley happy most nights because more often than not it'll mean a win.
"That's gonna win you a lot of games," Binkley said. The Cardinals improved to 16-0. "We just came out strong and really stepped it up. We held them in the first and that was huge."
Tyler Bond (24 points) and Garrett Shea (17) carried the Cardinals offense throughout on a night when the Cardinals recognized alumni in celebrating the program's 1,400th win.
Sullivan was led by Ty Molzen's 13 points.
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Shelbyville 54, Tuscola 42
TUSCOLA -- The Rams were set back in the first quarter but didn't fold.
Malcolm Miller scored 19 points, and Shelbyville came back from down eight in the first quarter and flipped the script with a 17-4 second period.
"Tuscola is a very tough place to play and I was very happy with our effort," Rams coach Stu Hott said. "Malcolm continues to evolve as a point guard and it was nice getting guys back from illness."
Still, with the big second quarter, the Rams only led by five. A 17-10 surge out of halftime gave them what they needed to hang on.
Tuscola's Nick Bates had a big night with 23 points.
Mount Zion 71, Charleston 59
CHARLESTON -- For a good portion of the game, Charleston’s offense was plagued by a key problem. It wasn’t turnovers or the inability to find open shots. The Trojans just couldn’t make a shot.
It took the Braves about a quarter and a half to get going, but when they finally did they pulled away.
“I thought our offense several times for stretches was kind of stagnant,” Charleston coach Jim Wood said.
The Trojans took away Mount Zion's inside game early, forcing nine 3-point attempts in the first quarter, but the Braves eventually worked it inside.
Jonah Smith (16), Nate Ewing (14) and Kevin Cox (12) all reached double figures for the Braves.
Mattoon 88, Taylorville 44
MATTOON — The Green Wave had a three-inch height advantage on average and its defense was daunting.
The scoreboard read 20-0 after the first quarter in favor of Mattoon as they did very little wrong hitting 8-of-13 shots from the field. Taylorville was 0-for-7 and the Green Wave blocked two shots. The Green Wave shot a blistering 68 percent compared to 31 for the Tornadoes.
"We got hands on the basketballs because we played disciplined defense," said Mattoon coach Josh Forsythe.