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BLOOMINGTON — After a 32-point loss to hot-shooting Ridgeview on Friday, the Flanagan-Cornell High School basketball team gave itself a much more pleasant memory of the 104th McLean County Tournament at Shirk Center on Saturday.

Junior Keegan Bertsche scored seven straight third-quarter points to bolster the Falcons' advantage, and Flanagan-Cornell clipped Tremont, 63-51, in the third-place game.

"You've got to give our kids credit. They took a pretty good whipping last night, but today they came out and played hard," Falcons' coach Brian Yoder said. "They wanted third. They came to win. They came back with a chip on their shoulder."

Flanagan-Cornell (14-7) held a precarious 30-29 edge early in the second half when Bertsche took charge.

"Bertsche's done it all year," said Yoder. "He kind of takes us on his back and finishes games. I'm glad he's only a junior, and will be glad to have him back."

Bertsche finished with 29 points while converting 12 of 13 at the free throw line. Brian Albertson added 12 and Austin Dutko nine for the Falcons.

Tyler McDonald topped Tremont (13-6) with 20 points.

"We just couldn't get the ball to go in the basket. We had opportunities to score, but just didn't convert," Turks' coach Troy Schmidt said. "They stepped up and hit free throws. It sure didn't seem like Bertsche missed a free throw."

Tri-Valley 66, LeRoy 42: The Vikings stormed to a 17-2 lead through one quarter and used a balanced attack to prevail in the fifth-place game.

Adam Coulon scored 15 points, Derek Wegman 12, Brett Schenkel 10 and Austin Spence nine for the Vikings.

Matt Chastain led all scorers with 26 for LeRoy.

Fisher 58, EPG 38: Scoring 20 points in the opening quarter, Fisher claimed the consolation championship over El Paso-Gridley.

Grant Pointer paced all scorers with 25 points for the Bunnies. Zach Griffith and Nick Griffith each added 10 points, while Nick Griffith snared 15 rebounds.

Michael Mounce led EPG (12-7) with 10 points.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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