PEORIA — Dannie Smith led the way with 22 points and Chase Adams added 17 as top-ranked defending champion Chicago Orr defeated Winnebago to win the Class 2A State Tournament on Saturday night at Carver Arena.
"Tonight was very emotional, especially for my seniors, they've been through so much," said Spartans coach Lou Adams, whose team also got eight points from first-team all-state forward Raekwon Drake in finishing at 30-4.
"We played a pretty good basketball team tonight. The first half we struggled a little, but I know with a bunch of seniors they would get the job done. They got the job done tonight. It's been a hard-fought road, but we did it."
Orr, which advanced to the title game with a 60-49 win over Central Catholic on Friday, led 15-6 after one quarter but No. 4 Winnebago (30-3) pulled within 24-21 by halftime before the Spartans pulled away.
Senior center Andrew Morrissey topped the Indians with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Ty Waller added 12 points.
Okawville 59, Annawan 48: Okawville outscored Annawan 19-6 in the third quarter, then went 12-of-12 at the free-throw line down the stretch to hold off a fourth quarter rally in the Class 1A state championship game.
Wyatt Krohne, who suffered through a 1-of-10 shooting performance from the field in Friday's semifinals, buried five 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead Okawville (27-8) to its first state title. As a team, the Rockets were 8 of 14 from 3-point range.
Payten Harre added 14 points and eight rebounds with Luke Hensler contributing 11 points.
Owen Landwehr was instrumental in helping Annawan (31-4) close to within five points with under two minutes to play after facing a 13-point deficit heading into the final quarter.
Landwehr scored a game-high 20 points for the Braves, who also received 12 points from Ben Buresh.
Sterling Newman 65, Goreville 50: Travis Williams totaled 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Newman to victory in the 1A third-place game.
Cade Gorzny added 15 points for Newman (29-5), which never trailed and held a 40-24 halftime lead. Devin House had 11 points and 10 boards.
Peyton Massey had 11 points for Goreville (23-13).