Junior guard Brett Crane sank six 3-point baskets en route to a game-high 23 points as the Prairie Central High School basketball team held on to defeat Mahomet-Seymour 71-66 in a Corn Belt Conference battle Friday night at Mahomet.
Mahomet-Seymour (5-3, 0-2) led 18-16 after one quarter in the back-and-forth affair before Prairie Central (5-3, 2-1) outscored the Bulldogs 20-8 in the second quarter to take a 36-26 lead at the half.
"We played pretty good defense, and Brett Crane stepped up and played a really big game for us," Prairie Central coach Alan Dunahee said.
Mahomet-Seymour rallied in the third quarter to cut the deficit to two before the Hawks rebounded to push the advantage to 53-41 heading to the final period. The Bulldogs got to within 67-66 with 30 seconds to play, but the Hawks were able to hang on down the stretch for the victory.
"It seemed like every time we made a run and cut the lead to two, I would look up and it would be back to 10," Mahomet-Seymour coach Brett Hersom said. "We were just never able to get over the hump."
Jason Williams, Tom Harrison and Phillip Short each added 11 points for Prairie Central with Williams adding three 3-point baskets for the Hawks, who finished with 10 baskets from beyond the arc for the game.
"Defensively, we aren't on the same page yet," Hersom added. "Our post players are asking the wing players to do way too much. That's evident with the amount of 3-point baskets they had."
The Bulldogs had four players reach double figures in scoring, with senior forward Jared Bosch leading the way with 14 points. Ben Davis added 13 points while Mark McClughen and Jason Seaman each finished with 12.
Eureka 83, Rantoul 56
Senior guard Nick Eeten had a game-high 21 points, including six 3-point baskets, to lead Eureka as the Hornets downed Rantoul in a conference game at Eureka.
The Hornets (3-3, 1-2) jumped out to a 24-9 lead after one quarter and were never threatened as Eureka upped the advantage to 41-19 at the half and 60-38 after three quarters en route to the easy victory.
Dean Eastman added 18 points for Eureka as the Hornets had five players reach double figures in scoring. Brad Schrock, Brett Stewart and Jordan Prosser each added 10 points.
Eeten had seven rebounds to lead Eureka on the boards while Eastman finished with six as the Hornets outrebounded Rantoul 27-17 for the game. Colin Knapp doled out 12 assists for Eureka.
"I was pleased with our defense," Hornets coach Tim Meiss said. "We passed the ball very well tonight."