Clinton 50, Central A&M 40
CLINTON -- Central A&M grabbed the early lead in its Central Illinois Conference game with Clinton, but the Maroons caught up and pulled away in the second half to grab the victory.
The Raiders (9-6, 0-2) led 19-15 at the half but were outscored 35-21 in the second half.
"We got a big win tonight," Clinton coach Clay Haurberg said. "Offensively we had some looks early that didn't drop and A&M got out to an early lead. We really did a good job of limiting their clean looks at the basked and holding them to one shot each trip."
Clinton started hitting its shots in the second half as well as dominating the rebounding game.
"In the second half we finally got the lid off the rim and our defense was still sound," Haurberg said. "We controlled the glass and it seemed like each of our kids hit a timely shot in the second half to keep our momentum going and stretch our lead.
"We got great performances throughout the lineup tonight. It was a really great team win tonight for our guys."
Clinton (9-6, 1-1) was led by Chase Reynolds' 16 points. Dalton Smith and Austin Baker scored nine and eight points, respectively.
Connor Heaton scored a game-high 18 points for Central A&M. Griffin Andricks added 12 points while Jacob Paradee put in 10 for the Raiders.
Taylorville 61, Mount Zion 59
MOUNT ZION -- Taylorville was on the verge of defeat.
But with eight seconds left, Jordan Moates connected on a pair of free throws to give the Tornadoes an Apollo Conference win against Mount Zion.
Moates finished with 19 points, with seven coming in the fourth quarter.
"Tonight was a hard-fought win," Taylorville coach Ryan Brown said.
After Moates' free throws, the Tornadoes came up with a final defensive stop to secure the win.
"It was a total team effort," Brown said. "We were able to fight back after being in a deficit. We did a nice job tonight."
Jonah Smith led Mount Zion with 28 points.
Shelbyville 74, Tuscola 54
TUSCOLA -- Shelbyville used a 20-0 run in the first half to grab control of their Central Illinois Conference game against Tuscola. The Rams went on to win by 20 to improve to 15-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
"It is very, very important to get the game at our pace," Shelbyville coach Bob Herdes said. "When the season is going good for you, you can withstand the tough starts, when it is going bad and a team explodes on you like that it is kind of tough. It was great that way they could not hold it and we could keep it moving. That made a big difference."
Another difference was the play of Brett Spears, who finished with 18 points and was one of three Shelbyville players to finish in double digits.
"I thought Brett really set the pace on defense for us. He came out and got somethings done, " said Herdes. "We came out on fire and played really well. We moved the basketball very efficiently against their zone. We got it inside and outside shots and got everybody involved."
Malcolm Miller led all scorers with 26 points and Kade Kull had 13.
Shelbyville led 41-16 at the break and took its largest lead of the game with 6:18 left in the game on a pair of free throws by Turner Pullen for a 65-30 advantage.
Tuscola was led by Haden Cothron's 18 points. Brayden VonLanken added 14.
Rantoul 70, Mattoon 61
MATTOON — The Mattoon boys had plenty of offense from behind the arc in their game against Rantoul. The Green Wave hit 14 3-pointers, including seven by junior Jacob Spitz.
But it was inside the arc that the Green Wave had problems as Matoon hit only five shots from inside 3-point range.
Rantoul (7-9) was also hot from the outside with nine 3-pointers and the Eagles made 14 shots from inside the arc too to take the victory.
“We established the outside game, and they took it away in the second half,” Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere said. “We didn’t take advantage of the chances we had inside. We got the ball there, we just didn’t put the ball in the basket. Kids are trying. They are working, trying to do what we want. It will be nice to have two weeks of practice without a game so we can work on some things that we need to get fixed.”
Spitz led Mattoon (8-8) with 21 points and Jadyn Princko hit five 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Justus Donaldson had 11 points.