2018 Game 15 Recap:  Eureka vs. Illini Bluffs

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Eureka Team Info
Illini Bluffs Team Info


The #2 seed Eureka Hornets (11-4) were up to the task this evening as they put on an offensive showcase to down the Tigers of Illini Bluffs (6-7) by a score of 87-61.  The story in this game was the impressive individual performance of Eureka’s Keegan Zimmerman, who finished with a tournament-high 35 points.

Eureka stormed out of the gate in this one, taking a 26-8 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.  They slowed down somewhat in the 2nd quarter, as Illini Bluffs outscored them 22-18 in that frame.  After the Hornets scored another 25 points in the 3rd quarter, it was all but over.  The Tigers had 10 steals and forced 16 Hornet turnovers and spun those into 19 points, but after the hot Eureka start, it was too late.

Eureka had 3 double digit scorers, including two that had double doubles.  Six-foot-eight senior forward Keegan finished with 35 points on 13-of-21 shooting and 11 rebounds.  Alex Brittain scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.  Also in double digit scoring was Brady Krile, who finished with 13.  The Hornets shot 51.6% from the field and 70% from the charity stripe.  The Hornets also dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Tigers 43-29.

Bluffs had two scorers that stood out: Veteran All-Tournament 2017 selection Cam Scott (19 points) and Reid Sondgeroth (16 points).  Cam Scott also had a team-high six rebounds and five steals.  Bluffs had some trouble with their shooting as they finished just 38.2% as a team.

Eureka advances to the semifinals to take on the winner of the game between Farmington and Camp Point Central.  That game (Game # 22) will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm at Western Hall.  Illini Bluffs will continue to play in the tournament, by way of the 5th place bracket.  They will face the loser of the Farmington and Camp Point Central game.  That game (Game #20) will occur on Saturday morning at 10:30 am at WIU’s Western Hall.

Chris Derry

December 27, 2018
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