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DECATUR -- Behind Keon Jones' 25 points, MacArthur's boys basketball team finished third at the 49th annual Team Soy Capital Decatur Turkey Tournament with their defeat of Peoria 61-56 on Saturday. 

The Generals and Lions were tied 14-14 at the end of the first quarter and Peoria took a one-point lead into halftime, 27-26.

MacArthur grabbed the lead in the third quarter and held off Peoria in the fourth for the five-point victory. 

Along with Jones, three other Generals scored in double figures. A.J. Lawson scored 13 and grabbed seven rebounds and Kaeden Lawary scored 12 points and had eight rebounds. Kari Taliferro scored 11 points and had eight steals. 

The Generals (2-1) had an uneven shooting night, shooting 62 percent (23-for-37) on their 2-point shots but just seven percent (1-for-13) on their 3-point attempts.  

Kaevion Mack led the Lions with 17 points and Christopher Williams had 11. Dionysius Hogan also scored 11 points and had eight rebounds. 

Harvey Thornton 52, Eisenhower 47

In the consultation championship game, Eisenhower led Harvey Thornton by a point 19-18 at halftime. The Panthers extended that lead even further in the third scoring 21 points to lead 40-28. 

The Wildcats responded in the fourth quarter as the Panthers went cold. Thornton put in 24 points in the final period and came away with the victory.

"We came up a little short against Thornton. We pretty much gave them a Christmas present, being up 13 with just minutes to go in the game and we just went away from what we were accustomed to doing and got beat in the stretch. That comes with being young," Eisenhower coach Rodney Walker said. 

The Wildcats had three scorers in double figures, led by Demarco Minor's 14 points. Derrick Williams added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Hall had 12 points and four rebounds. 

R.J. Walker led the Panthers with 13 points and five rebounds. Malachi Carson added 10 and Lunden Cook had nine points. Cameron Rowe had eight points, five assists and three rebounds. 

 “The tournament was a great learning experience for my young Panthers. I saw many, many bright spots. We have quite a few things we need to work on as a group, but overall I'm excited about our future," Walker said. "We just need to get a few more games under our belt and go back to the drawing board a little bit so we can be ready for the Springfield Senators next Saturday."

Bolingbrook 90, Springfield Southeast 88 

Fans of high school basketball were treated to a battle in the Turkey Tournament championship that featured two teams destined for postseason success.

Springfield Southeast finished second in Class 3A state tournament last season and Bolingbrook finished third in Class 4A two seasons ago.

Both squads cruised through their first round and semifinal matches at this year's Turkey Tournament before meeting in the final and each team brought their best as Bolingbrook squeaked out a two-point victory in the final seconds, 90-88.

Southeast built a nine-point lead by the end of the third quarter, 64-55, but Bolingbrook then went on a 13-3 run later in the fourth to tie the game 88-88 with 2.6 seconds left. 

The Raiders' went the entire court and Kameron Leonard scored a layup to claim the third consecutive Turkey Tournament title for Bolingbrook. 

The Raiders' Joseph Yesufu had a game-high 32 points and Southeast's Terrion Murdix had 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists. 

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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