Central vs. STM

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Cvengros Gym, Bloomington

Records: Central Catholic 16-5, 5-0 in Illini Prairie; Champaign St. Thomas More 8-13, 2-2

FYI: The Class 2A No. 8-ranked Saints have won nine straight ... Senior James Morris had 23 points Tuesday in an 89-50 win over Pontiac in which Central assisted on 26 of its 32 baskets ... Senior Jack Gilmore leads the balanced Saints with 13.6 points per game and 47 3-pointers ... St. Thomas More, coached by Central grad Matt Kelley, has won two in a row ... Noah Herr scored 16 points in Tuesday's 64-44 victory over Tolono Unity ... The Sabers beat IVC, 51-39, last Friday.

BHS vs. Urbana

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Urbana

Records: Bloomington 15-6, 5-2 in Big 12; Urbana 7-12, 1-5

FYI: BHS, ranked No. 8 in Class 4A, is a game out of first place in the jumbled Big 12 race ... The Purple Raiders are coming off a 73-52 romp over Peoria Richwoods fueled by 6-6 junior Chris Payton's 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks ... Payton averages 20.4 points and an area-best 12.3 rebounds ... Patrick Fisher (16.1 ppg) and Griffin Moore had 15 points each against Richwoods ... Urbana won Tuesday over Rantoul, 61-50, behind 18 points from Payton Sheen and 15 from Corez Anderson.

NCHS vs. Manual

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Peoria

Records: Normal Community 17-5, 4-3 in Big 12; Peoria Manual 5-12, 3-4

FYI: NCHS rolled Tuesday to a 71-41 nonconference rout of Decatur Eisenhower at Normal ... The Ironmen have three players averaging around 11 points per game in CJ Wilbourn, CJ Christian and Daylen Boddie ... Jalen Coleman led the way vs. Eisenhower with 19 points ... Manual lost 81-70 at state-ranked Danville and 47-45 to Washington last weekend ... Quintez Edwards had a game-high 18 points vs. Washington ... NCHS is at home Saturday at 6:30 p.m. vs. Class 4A No. 10 Moline. 

West vs. Glenwood

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Normal

Records: Normal West 16-5; Chatham Glenwood 17-6

FYI: Big 12 leader Normal West, ranked seventh in the Class 4A state poll, takes a break from league play this weekend ... The Wildcats won last Friday at rival Normal Community, 42-37, behind 19 points, 18 rebounds and eight blocks from 6-9 junior star Francis Okoro ... Glenwood lost 57-55 last Friday to No. 3-ranked Springfield Lanphier ... The Titans were led by Bradyn Kilby, who was 6 of 7 from 3-point range and scored 25 points ... West also plays O'Fallon at 4 p.m. Saturday in the O'Fallon Shootout. 

U High vs. Southeast

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Normal

Records: University High 10-12, 6-6 in Central State Eight; Springfield Southeast 17-2, 10-1

FYI: U High took Class 3A No. 3 Lanphier to overtime Tuesday before falling, 58-55 ... Up next? The No. 1-ranked team in 3A ... Southeast is led by Anthony Fairlee's 15.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game ... Kobe Medley adds 12.9 points and has nailed a team-high 43 3-pointers ... The Spartans are without assists leader Terrion Murdix, a 12.3 scorer who will miss four to six weeks with a broken thumb ... U High is paced by sophomore guard Alex Wood (14.3 ppg) and senior forward Mark Widdel (12.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg) ... Both scored 13 points against Lanphier. 

— Compiled by Randy Kindred

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