West vs. Manual

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Normal West

Records: Normal West 18-5, 6-1 in Big 12 Conference; Peoria Manual 6-12, 4-4

FYI: Normal West, the state's fifth-ranked team in Class 4A, is in a three-way tie for the Big 12 Conference lead with Danville and Champaign Central ... The Wildcats posted nonconference wins over Chatham Glenwood (40-34) and O'Fallon (61-59) last weekend ... Six-nine junior Francis Okoro (15.4 ppg, 11.8 rpg) had 24 points and 12 boards against O'Fallon ... Junior guard Nate Duckworth sparked the win over Glenwood with 14 points ... Manual rallied from 10 points down in the third quarter to knock off Normal Community, 52-47, last Friday ... Jakari Robertson led Manual with 17 points and Deonta Brown had 11.

NCHS vs. Peoria

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Normal Community

Records: Normal Community 17-7, 4-4 in Big 12; Peoria High 8-14, 3-4

FYI: The Ironmen will be without leading scorer and rebounder C.J. Wilbourn (11.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg) ... Wilbourn is suffering from concussion symptoms after being injured early in last Friday's loss at Peoria Manual ... Wilbourn also missed Saturday's home loss to state-ranked Moline ... NCHS has two other scorers over 11 points per game in junior guard Daylen Boddie (11.4) and senior C.J. Christian (11.2) ... Boddie leads with team with 4.2 assists per game ... Peoria High is coming off a 77-66 loss to state-ranked Danville ... Cortez Mosley led four Lions in double figures with 21 points. 

U High vs. Lanphier

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday 

Where: Springfield

Records: University High 10-14, 6-7 in Central State Eight; Springfield Lanphier 18-2, 11-1

FYI: U High seeks to get over the hump after a string of close losses of late ... Among them was a 58-55 overtime decision against Class 3A No. 3-ranked Lanphier on Jan. 30 at Normal ... The Pioneers were led by sophomore guard Alex Wood (14 ppg) and senior forward Mark Widdel (12.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg) with 13 points each ... Senior guard Cardell McGee had 21 points and eight rebounds for Lanphier, which placed fourth in the state a year ago ... U High is coming off a 52-51 double OT loss Tuesday to Champaign Centennial. 

BHS vs. Metamora

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Robert Frank Sports Complex, Bloomington

Records: Bloomington 16-6; Metamora 13-9

FYI: BHS is ranked No. 8 in the Class 4A state poll after a 97-73 win last Friday at Urbana ... Six-six junior Chris Payton (20.3 ppg, 12.1 rpg) had his first career triple double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists ... Senior guard Patrick Fisher (16.7 ppg) and senior forward Rayquon Fuller added 20 points each ... BHS will be without backup point guard Fabian Brown for about three weeks because of a broken wrist ... Metamora plays a Mid-Illini Conference game Friday at Limestone ... The Redbirds rebounded from a 47-40 loss to Washington last Friday with a 70-47 win the next night over Canton. 

— Compiled by Randy Kindred



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