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SPRINGFIELD — The small things came back to bite Eisenhower.

Even without lead point guard Cam Rowe and a defense that wasn't in sync, the Panthers had a chance to pick up a big Central State 8 win over Springfield on Friday night.

Instead, the Senators (8-8, 3-3) did just enough to leave with a 76-74 win in overtime against Eisenhower (6-8, 3-3).

“The boys played hard, but lack of rebounding and too many missed assignments on defense," Eisenhower coach Rodney Walker said. "Some of the guys’ defense and attention were still on Christmas break. We were without lead point guard Cam Rowe due to illness. Definitely a game we should have won, but didn’t do the small things to close the deal.”

Freshman Brylan Phillips led the Panthers with 25 points, Lunden Cook added 19 and R.J. Walker had 13 of his own. Cook and Walker each knocked down three 3-pointers.

Zaire Harris led Springfield with 34 points and Bennie Slater had 23.

Shelbyville 46, Sullvian 42

SULLIVAN — Malcolm Miller just keeps on scoring.

The Shelbyville senior scored his 2,000th career point in the Rams' Central Illinois Conference win over the Redskins.

"It is just a tremendous accomplishment," Shelbyville coach Bob Herdes said. "Very few people get to that.

Miller is within striking distance of Larry Hinton's school record of 2,076 points. Hinton went on to play basketball at the University of Illinois.

The Rams (13-2) picked up a key conference win without standout sophomore Kade Kull, who is out with an injury.

“I have to give Sullivan a lot of credit. They came out and had a good game plane. They really took us out of our offense," Herdes said. "We struggled all night. We showed some real grit in the fourth quarter and came back and won it. They just really disrupted our offense."

Mattoon 81, Charleston 47

MATTOON – Jadyn Princko just needed time to get going.

And when he did, Mattoon’s 6-point halftime lead over Charleston turned into a 20-point advantage after three quarters that eventually reached 30 in the fourth.

Princko, a senior guard, scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the second half as Mattoon (9-5, 3-2 Apollo) defeated Charleston (7-10, 1-4) on Friday night, 81-47. He made five 3-pointers – all in the second half – and perhaps none bigger than one with four seconds left in the third quarter.

With no one particularly close to him, Princko unleashed a 3-pointer from the right wing several feet behind the line. It went in. As he trotted back, he extended his right hand, brought his thumb and pointer finger together and held up his other three fingers in excitement. While he ever so briefly celebrated, junior guard Jaydon Noe stole the ensuing inbound pass right under the basket and laid it in. Five points. Four seconds. And a bigger deficit for Charleston to erase.

“Big momentum shift for us,” Mattoon head coach Ryan Ghere said.

Much like the final minutes of the third quarter, Mattoon ripped off an extended run to start the game, leading 15-4 and the end of the first quarter and 21-6 early in the second. With Princko in an early slump, Jaydon Noe and freshman center Sam Bradbury combined for 15 first-half points. Noe ended the game with 17.

“That’s the good thing about this group,” Ghere said. “When one guy doesn’t have it going, everybody else kind of does and can help each other out.”

Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg 57, St. Elmo/Brownstown 40

STRASBURG — The saying "Patience is a virtue" rang true Friday in a National Trail Conference boys basketball game. Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg was patient on offense and as a result sank 20-of-43 (.465) percent from the field in helping them to a 57-40 win over St. Elmo/Brownstown.

The Hatchets have won seven of its last eight games.

W/S-S led 34-28 when they scored seven of the next nine points in a span of 2:08 to lead 41-30 with 1:18 left in the third quarter with Clay Tabbert scoring the last basket. The Eagles didn't get closer than eight after that.

"It was a good win," said Windsor coach Bob Lockart. "It was a good solid performance. I thought we had different people show up at different times in each quarter. We got a lot of second-chance opportunities (outrebounded St. Elmo/Brownstown 33-24)."

St. Elmo/Brownstown (7-7, 1-4) had not played since Dec. 22.

W/S-S (11-6, 1-1) won despite going 13-of-26 from the free-throw line. 

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