The Redbirds get
Metamora connected on 60% of their
shots from the floor in the second half to pull away from
the Monmouth-Roseville Titans and take the 2012
tournament championship, 52-40. It is the first title for
Metamora since 1992 when they beat Hamilton 84-73.
It was a thrilling title matchup as it featured 4 ties
and 6 lead changes. Metamora (13-1) used a 29-16
advantage in the middle quarters to put some distance
between them and Monmouth-Roseville (10-3). (more-->)
sneaks past #2 Eureka for 3rd
Kyle Hardy's would-be game tying
shot at the buzzer rimmed out giving Illini Central a
43-41 victory in the 3rd place game of the Macomb-Western
Holiday Tournament. The attempt came on a long inbound
pass after a timeout was taken by Eureka (9-4) off of a
missed free throw with 0.6 seconds left.
The 3rd place trophy is the first for Illini Central
(9-4) since finishing 5th in 2005. (more-->)
5th place goes to
West Hancock held an early lead in
tonight's 5th place contest with cross county rival
Illini West. That lead evaporated a few minutes after an
ankle injury to West Hancock's Paxton Harmon in the
closing moments of the first period ended his tournament.
The Chargers went on to notch a 51-38 win.
Illini West (5-4) took the lead for good midway through
the third period on a Levi Kirby layup. (more-->)
More MWHT hardware
When it comes to games where a
trophy is on the line at the Macomb-Western Holiday
Tournament, the Pittsfield Saukees are nearly unbeatable.
Pittsfield claimed the Consolation Championship with a
55-37 win over Abingdon at Western Hall in Macomb upping
their record in trophy games to 22-2 (.917) all-time.
The last team to beat Pittsfield (9-5) in a trophy game
was, ironically, Abingdon. In 2000, the Commandos bested
Pittsfield 49-44 for the championship. (more-->)
to defend title
The unseeded Titans of
Monmouth-Roseville are back in the championship game
after a 64-37 dismantling of Eureka. After making the
game's first basket, Monmouth-Roseville took the lead for
good on a Trayvon Smith layup midway through the first
Jared McCunn led Eureka (9-3) with 10 points and the
Hornets only managed to connect on 28.6% of their field
goal attemps (14 of 49). (more-->)
finals for first time since 1993
Metamora led wire-to-wire, but it
looked as if that might not be the case late in their
semifinal matchup with the Cougars of Illini Central.
The Redbirds seemed poised to run away from Illini
Central after opening up a 17 point lead just after the
start of the second half. Metamora took the opportunity
to run a very patient offense. However, a 10-0 run to
close out the final five minutes of the 3rd period saw
Illini Central trailing by only six heading into the
Illini Central cut the deficit to one on a Jordan
Bradshaw layup with under two minutes to play. The
Cougars would miss their last five shots (3 FTs, 2 3FGs)
down the stretch and eventually fell to Metamora, 41-36.