ROCKTON — C.J. Wilbourn led a balanced attack with 10 points Saturday night as Normal Community High School's basketball team downed host Rockton Hononegah, 46-33, in the MLK Classic at Rockton.

C.J. Christian, Daylen Boddie and Dishon Hall added eight points each as Class 4A No. 9-ranked NCHS won its second game of the day. The Ironmen (15-2) outscored Hononegah 15-3 in the fourth quarter to pull away.

"To hold them to three points in the fourth quarter was really good," NCHS coach Dave Witzig said. "We did a great job of controlling the ball and everybody contributed. We had a real solid day up here."

NCHS 56, Neuqua Valley 36: Christian led the way with 13 points in NCHS' tournament opener. Boddie added 12 points and Jalen Coleman eight.

Neuqua Valley, which trailed 27-19 at halftime, received 11 points from John Poulakidas.

"We had a great third quarter," Witzig said. "We got some steals off of our fullcourt press and got going that way."

Normal West 56, DeKalb 34: Shea Cupples scored 14 points as Normal West rebounded from an earlier loss to defeat DeKalb. Six-nine junior star Francis Okoro, who sat out Friday night's game at Peoria High and Saturday's first game with a nagging ankle injury, added 13 points.

Nate Duckworth chipped in 11 for the Wildcats (12-4), who are ranked seventh in Class 4A. Okoro scored eight points in the third quarter to help West stretch a 23-20 halftime lead to 43-29.

West coach Brian Cupples said Okoro played about half the game after lobbying to play prior to tipoff.

"He kind of forced his way in there," Cupples said. "He got our trainer to tape it and put him on a treadmill. His family gave the OK. We tried to limit his minutes somewhat.

"They scored four field goals the second half. You're going to win a lot of games when you're doing that. Our defense was outstanding."

Hononegah 51, West 41: Earlier in the day, Shea Cupples had a team-high 12 points in a loss to Hononegah. Duckworth and Drew Wollenschlager added nine points each, while Drew Yonker scored eight.

Caleb Donaldson had a game-high 14 points for Hononegah.

The tournament concludes Monday with NCHS and West each playing two games.

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