NORMAL — The Normal West High School boys basketball team limited an explosive Rock Island to two third-quarter points to overcome a 22-19 halftime deficit and defeat the Rocks, 50-42, at Normal.
"Our kids did a great job defensively, taking care of the basketball on offense and dictating the tempo," said West coach Brian Cupples, who saw the Wildcats improve to 11-10.
The Wildcats were able to limit Rock Island standout Tyler Hall to just nine points — after Hall scored 30 on Friday night against Moline.
Meanwhile, three West players reached double figures, led by junior center Kyler Stork's 16 points. Stork also pulled down 14 rebounds.
Richard Simpkins added 13 points for the Wildcats with Austin Zobrist contributing 10.
Josh Robinson had seven assists for West.
West had only 10 turnovers in the contest, a key component in handing the Class 4A No. 7 state-ranked Rocks only their third loss of the year.
"We limited (Rock Island's) possessions," he said. "They had to play a lot of defense and we didn't turn it over in the process."