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Decatur MacArthur boys basketball wins by 17 over Edwardsville in Decatur Turkey Tournament

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DECATUR -- In their season opener, the Decatur MacArthur boys basketball team had three players score in double figures as they topped Edwardsville 59-42 in the opening round of the Decatur Turkey Tournament

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MacArthur's Makhi Wright (14) wins the tip off against Edwardsville during the Decatur Turkey Tournament on Wednesday. 

MacArthur seniors Azarion Richardson and Kris Walker scored a game-high 15 points and Makhi Wright added 14 to power the Generals. Sam Owens put in eight points. 

MacArthur came out quick to lead 7-2 but Edwardsville came back and scored a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to tie the game 12-12 at the end of the first quarter. 

The game was tied 21-21 with 2:16 left before the half and Richardson connected on a 3-pointer to put the Generals up 27-21 at halftime. 

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MacArthur's Kris Walker (11) shoots the ball against Edwardsville on Wednesday. 

MacArthur expanded the lead in the third to lead 38-25 with 3:30 left in the quarter and led 40-29 going into the fourth. 

In the last quarter, the Tigers weren't able to close the gap as MacArthur won by 17 points, 59-42.

Edwardsville, playing in their first game at the Turkey Tournament, were led by Isayah Kloster with 14 points. AJ Tilman had 12 points and Malik Allen put in eight.

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MacArthur's Azarion Richardson (5) takes the ball up the court against Edwardsville on Wednesday. 

The Generals advance to Friday's championship semifinal against Peoria Central at 7:30 p.m. Central defeated Springfield Southeast, 53-46, in Wednesday's other opening round game. 

Bolingbrook faces Harvey Thornton at 6 p.m. in Friday's other championship semifinal. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The third-place game will tip off at 6 p.m. 

In Friday's consolation games, Decatur Eisenhower plays Peoria Manual on Friday at 1 p.m. Southeast plays Edwardsville on Friday at 2:30 p.m. All games are played at Stephen Decatur Middle School. 

Contact Matthew Flaten at (217) 421-6968. Follow him on Twitter: @MattFlaten


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