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HS boys’ basketball: Carlinville hits 12 threes but North Mac hangs on

Head coach T.J. Wilson pumps up the North Mac boys’ basketball team during a timeout. The Panthers picked up a 59-56 win at Carlinville Feb. 7. Photo courtesy of the North Mac CUSD #34 Athletics and Student Activities Facebook page.

 

Southwestern’s SCC title chances take major hit

By JACKSON WILSON
Enquirer Democrat Reporter

Despite being without its top scorer in Dominic Alepra, the Carlinville Cavaliers gave the North Mac Panthers all they could handle in a tight game at the Big House Feb. 7.

Carlinville connected on 12 of 15 three-point attempts but that still wasn’t enough to upset its Route 4 rival. The Panthers escaped with a 59-56 conference victory over the Cavies.

North Mac jumped out to a 39-24 lead at half and maintained that lengthy advantage at 51-35 heading into the fourth before holding off a furious CHS comeback.

Senior captain J.T. Alexander poured in 18 points for North Mac but the star of the game was actually on the losing side.

Triston Thompson lit up the Panthers with 23 points while going a perfect five-for-five from three-point range in the fourth to pull the Cavaliers back into the game. Cole Sullivan added 13 points for CHS.

Dane Vance and Keegan Greff backed Alexander with 16 and 12 point efforts for North Mac, respectively.

With the win, North Mac improved to 13-14 overall and 3-3 in South Central play. Carlinville fell to 12-15 on the season and 2-4 in the SCC.

Southwestern’s SCC title chances take major hit

To stay in the running for an SCC title, Southwestern couldn’t afford another conference loss prior to its Senior Night against frontrunner Litchfield. Vandalia played a villianous role in handing the Birds a costly defeat Feb. 6.

Southwestern was able to build a 16-9 lead in the first quarter and remain ahead by five points with eight minutes to go, but the Birds’ title chances took a major hit as they lost a heartbreaker to the Vandals, 60-57, in overtime despite Ian Brantley putting forth one of the best performances of his career.

Brantley hit 13 of 18 shots from the floor for 32 points but Southwestern fell two games behind Litchfield with just three league contests left to play.

The Piasa Birds kept their slim chances alive by knocking off Carlinville, 50-37, Feb. 9. Southwestern is 19-10 overall and 5-2 in the SCC.