DECATUR -- MacArthur's Keon Jones led all scorers with 21 points as the Generals topped Eisenhower 84-73 in the city rivalry game Friday at MacArthur.

“We’re starting to play hard for all four quarters. We weren’t doing that early in the season. Our big men are starting to play even bigger" MacArthur coach Ron Ingram said. "We normally shoot a lot of 3s, but we abandoned that strategy to try to get more points in the paint. Jones played big for  us tonight and is leading us for scoring. KJ Taliferro has been out for six or seven games due to being injured, but he found a way to play through it tonight and did well."

The first quarter was tight as the Generals clung to a one point lead, 19-18, but they had extended that advantage to five points at halftime 36-31. 

The second half was all MacArthur as Jones, KJ Taliferro, and Kaeden Lawary pushed the Generals (8-9, 4-4 Central State 8) further from the Panthers. MacArthur led 62-50 after the third quarter and finished with the 11-point victory. 

Eisenhower received hot shooting from Malachi Carson who led the Panthers with 18 points including five 3-pointers. R.J. Walker added 15 points and freshman Brylan Phillips added 14 points on 8-11 free throw shooting. Lunden Cook also entered double-digits with 10 points for Eisenhower (6-10, 3-5 Central State 8). 

"Eisenhower’s guys are tough. They might be small, but they have big hearts. (Rodney) Walker’s a great coach with great coaching staff, and those guys do exactly what he wants them to do," Ingram said. "If they’re down by, say, 15, they’re definitely gonna make a run for it. They’re young, but they’re gonna be a threat down the stretch."

Along with Jones' 21 points, Taliferro added 14 and Lawary put in 12 for the Generals. AJ Lawson scored 11 points. 


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