At least four area small-school boys’ basketball teams will win regional titles tonight. Three more could join them in keeping their seasons intact into next week. Sports editor MATT DANIELS previews each of the seven regional title games taking place tonight that involve local teams:
GIBSON CITY — Paxton-Buckley-Loda and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley will have more than just bragging rights on the line.
The Ford County boys’ basketball rivals will face each other tonight looking to capture a Class 2A regional championship as well.
TOLONO — Johnny Dawson scored a team-high 15 points, including a buzzer-beater that lifted Monticello past Unity 44-42 in a Class 2A Unity Regional boys’ basketball game Wednesday.
BISMARCK — The mood was a gloomy one in the Bismarck-Henning locker room at the half of Wednesday’s Class 2A regional semifinal game the Blue Devils hosted against St. Thomas More. The basket, freshman Drew Reifsteck said, felt as if a lid was affixed to it and the Blue Devils’ man-to-man defense simply wasn’t working against the speedy Sabers, who led 29-14.
BISMARCK — Hoopeston Area’s Lucas Hofer dribbled to his left with the seconds ticking down and his Cornjerkers knotted in a 33-33 tie with Westville during Wednesday night’s Class 2A Bismarck-Henning Regional semifinal game.
It was a position the freshman never imagined he’d find himself in a few months ago, with the ball in his hands at the end of a tied playoff game.
DANVILLE — Late in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s Class 1A Schlarman Regional semifinal game against Schlarman, Fisher forward Cale Zook collected a teammate’s air ball off a three-pointer for an uncontested putback off the glass.
Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts excelling in college:
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