DECATUR -- What a difference a half makes.
MacArthur came out sluggish against Springfield Friday in a Central State 8 meeting and trailed 29-20 at halftime.
But the second half the Generals became a different team and outscored the Senators 26-15 in the third quarter and 23-16 in the fourth to pick up the 69-60 victory.
"We needed that one tonight. Tonight we came out playing slow during the first one, one and a half quarters. We played like we just didn’t want to play the game of basketball," MacArthur coach Ron Ingram said. "We played lousy defense; we let them catch the ball too much and shoot too many open jump shots.
"But in the second half, we outplayed them. We played good and hard, and hit good defense."
Keon Jones exploded for 29 points and Skyllar Walker added 14 for the Generals (12-12). KJ Taliferro put in 13 points as well.
The play of sophomore Nick Spannaus impressed Ingram.
"Nick came up and played awesome basketball tonight. I can’t say enough about Nick. I’m really proud of how he played tonight," he said.
Bennie Slater and Zaire Harris led the Senators with 19 points each.
Chatham Glenwood 56, Eisenhower 45
DECATUR --A slow start for Eisenhower against Central State 8 rivals Chatham Glenwood was too much to overcome as the Titans won 56-45.
“It took us one half to warm up and we were down 20 plus in the first half,” Eisenhower coach Rodney Walker said. “In the second half, we played real Panther basketball and cut the lead to eight but ended up losing by 11. The effort was great the second half."
Glenwood led 37-18 at halftime but the Panthers outscored the Titans 13-6 in the third quarter.
Lunden Cook led the Panthers with 16 points and Brylan Phillips scored 11.
The Titans' Bradyn Kilby led all scorers with 27 points.
Bloomington Central Catholic 69, Monticello 52
BLOOMINGTON — Averaging nearly 18 points per game, Central Catholic High School’s 6-foot-5 Tommy Nelson draws attention inside … not just from the opposition, but his teammates.
“We try and go inside-out because our percentage of shots that we make goes way up when we do that,” Saints’ senior guard Luke Yoder said. “Getting Tom some touches makes them (opponents) focus on him, so when we kick it out, it’s money.”
Central got filthy rich with that approach Friday night. The Saints made 11 of their first 18 3-point attempts, including eight in a row, on the way to a 69-52 victory over Monticello.
Yoder made two of the 3s while piling up 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists on Senior Night.
Junior Cole Davis sank five 3-pointers while scoring 17 points and sophomore JT Welch made four 3s as part of a 16-point night. Both also had three assists.
“I thought we shared the ball well tonight,” Yoder said. “There was a lot of unselfish play. It was just a lot of fun.”
Nelson had eight points, 12 rebounds and three assists in helping the Class 2A No. 5-ranked Saints improve to 19-6 and 6-0 in the Illini Prairie Conference.
Central was only 3 of 9 from behind the arc in the first quarter, but led 18-7 largely because of its defense. The Saints got Monticello (17-7, 3-4) to turn it over four times and held the Sages to 3 of 11 from the field.