Illini West Info
The fourth seeded Farmington Farmers sailed
past the Illini West Chargers 57-28 Thursday afternoon in the
Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament. It is the fourth consecutive
first round victory for the Farmers, who sent the Chargers to
their third consecutive first round loss.
Farmington (9-2) smothered Illini West
(1-10) defensively, forcing 23 turnovers, and converting them
into 26 points. Meanwhile, the Farmers had just four turnovers
themselves. Toss in a 35-24 advantage on the boards and the
Farmers couldn’t help but flourish with all the extra
Illini West began strong, taking a 7-5
edge, but Farmington responded with a 18-2 flurry to end the
first quarter ahead 23-9. Farmington led by as many as 19 in the
second frame before settling for a 34-18 lead at intermission.
The Chargers battled to within 13 on two
occasions in the third quarter, the last coming after a Lincoln
Gooding lay up with 5:36 remaining. The Farmers then hit them
with the next nine points and never looked back.
Jaden Rutledge led a balanced Farmington
attack, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds. Ben Martin also
reached double figures with 12 points off the bench. Four
Farmers collected multiple steals, led by Sam Fletcher’s four.
Gooding led Illini West with 15 points and
five boards. Cole Jackson chipped in five points and five
Illini West will be on the court again
Friday at 1:00 pm versus the losing team between Macomb and
Lewistown. Farmington will take on the winner at 6:30 pm that