SHELBYVILLE — Saturday in a non-conference game, Shelbyville led Paxton-Buckley-Loda 26-15 at halftime and 40-33 heading into the final quarter. The Rams held on for a 58-56 victory and improved to 14-2.
Friday the Rams won their Central Illinois Conference opener outscoring Sullivan 17-8 in the fourth to win 46-42. In the game, Malcolm Miller moved to No. 2 on the all-time scoring list in the history of the program going over the 2,000-point mark. He becomes one of 147 players in the state to accomplish that achievement.
Miller led the way against PBL with 35 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter. He also was the top scorer against Sullivan with 24 points, while Leo Logue had 11.
Sullivan, a team that entered the game against Shelbyville at 2-12 and had averaged to get beat by 12 points trailed the Rams just 25-22 at the half. The Redskins, 2-14, led the Rams, a team that averaged to win by 15 points per game, 34-29 heading into the fourth.
Caden Ellis and Ian Plank led Sullivan with 13 points each. Dalton Rogers led in rebounds with eight.
Neither team shot well from the free-throw line as Sullivan was 3-for-8 and Shelbyville 8-of-14.
The Rams, 14-2, were without Kade Kull in both games.
Casey-Westfield outscored in fourth in loss to Teutopolis
EFFINGHAM — In the Effingham St. Anthony Shootout, Casey-Westfield led Teutopolis, a team coached by Sullivan grad Chet Reeder, 37-35 going into the fourth when they were outscored 14-9 in a 49-46 loss Saturday.
Luke Richards led the Warriors, 15-2, with 14 points and six rebounds, while Marcus Downs had 10 points.
Second half costs Cumberland
EFFINGHAM — In the Effingham St. Anthony Shootout, Cumberland trailed the host team, 27-16 at the half. The Pirates were outscored 48-19 in the second half in a 65-35 loss.
Brennyn Cutts, a sophomore led Cumberland with 15 points. The Pirates, 10-8, were without Zach Wolke.
Tri-County loses in double overtime
CHRISMAN — Tri-County led Chrisman 25-20 at the half and 35-34 going into the fourth. However, the Cardinals and Titans were tied at the end of regulation at 47 and at 58 after the first extra four minutes. Chrisman won 63-62.
Mason Hutchinson, Mitch Pollock, and Cole McClain led the Titans, 11-7, with 14, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Second quarter helps Neoga top Okaw Valley
NEOGA — Okaw Valley led Neoga Saturday 10-3 after the first quarter. The Indians outscored the Timberwolves 23-11 in the second to lead 26-21. Neoga went on to win 53-43 behind Levi Peters 16 points. Peters scored half of his points in the pivotal second period.
Mitchell Cornell and Trevor Roy were also in double digits for Neoga, 8-6, with 15 and 13 points respectively.
Cole Nichols and Eli Hagerman were the top scorers for Okaw Valley, 2-16, with 17 and 11 points respectively.
AOC nips Arcola
ARCOLA — Saturday in a non-conference game Arcola led Arthur Okaw Christian 33-27 at the half and 46-42 heading into the fourth. The Purple Riders led by 3 when Ian Lowry hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left, sending the game into overtime. AOC's Peyton Trier hit a pair of free throws with two seconds left for the winning points as the Conquering Riders, 11-5, beat the Purple Riders, 5-13, 67-65.
Lowry had 22 points, while Sean Mast had 14 and Evan Oliver 13 to lead AOC and Myles Roberts led all players with 27 points. Kevin Garza had 11 points, including 8 in the first half, while Alec Davila was also in double digits with 10 points.
Arcola, who is 1-6 in games decided by 9 points or less, was just 11-of-29 from the free-throw line.
A-L-A-H wins first game
ARTHUR — The Knights of Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond jumped out to an 18-6 lead after the first quarter against Oblong and went to give coach Brad McGill his first win of the season and at A-L-A-H with a 50-39 triumph.
Sophomore Austin Plank led the way with a season-high 19 points, while Adam Day had 11 and Austin Romine 10 for the 1-11 Knights.
Martinsville drops LOVC SE game
HUTSONVILLE — Martinsville lost a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division game to Hutsonville/Palestine 58-28 Friday.
Vicente Herrera scored a season-high 10 points for the Bluestreaks, who fell to 0-18.
Three players finish in double digits as Tri-County rolls
CATLIN — Kiersten Price-Wilson, Tayler Barry and Bella Dudley finished with 19, 15 and 10 points respectively as Tri-County rolled over Salt Fork 62-25 Saturday in a non-conference game.
Maiya Eskew was tops in steals and rebounds with eight, while Harley Barry led in assists with six.
The Lady Titans led 31-14 at the half.
Tri-County, 15-3, is to play host to Paris, 16-4, at Oakland Monday in a non-conference game.
Sullivan rallies past Mount Zion
SULLIVAN — Mount Zion led Sullivan 34-16 at the half. However, the Lady Redskins outscored the Lady Braves 43-21 in the second half to win 59-55.
"I challenged my team at halftime to step up and play how I know they are capable of playing and take it one possession at a time," said Sullivan coach Sheri McCain, whose team improved to 17-1, "We came out in the third quarter and outscored them 27-13, and I knew we were going to be okay. I have always taught my teams that is not how you start a game, but how you finish it — and today was a prime example."
Sullivan's Emily White tied her season-high with 21 points, while Esther Miller had 12 points. Avery Still had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Josie Orris was tops in steals with six.
Middle two quarters help Cumberland to win
TOLEDO — Cumberland outscored Decatur LSA 20-10 in the middle two quarters to help them to a 33-26 victory Saturday.
Sophomore Josie Brown led the Lady Pirates, 4-14, with 12 points.
Okaw Valley loses
NOKOMIS — Okaw Valley trailed Saturday's non-conference game 28-10 to Nokomis and couldn't recover in a 44-30 loss.
Madison Vogel led the Lady Timberwolves, 3-16, with 10 points.
AOC falls by five
LINCOLN — In the Red Lion Shootout, Arthur Okaw Christian led Mount Pulaski by one with 1:13 left before falling by five, 64-59 Saturday.
Amanda Franklin had a double-double for the Conquering Riders, 12-6, with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Alexa Franklin had 20 points, including five assists.