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Jack Gilmore

Central Catholic's Jack Gilmore takes aim on a 3-pointer during a nonconference game against University High on Tuesday in Normal. Gilmore and the Saints open Illini Prairie Conference play Friday at home against Tolono Unity.

BHS vs. Centennial

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Robert Frank Sports Complex, Bloomington

Records: Bloomington 11-4, 1-2 in Big 12; Centennial 9-8, 0-3

FYI: The Purple Raiders, who slipped just outside the top 10 in the Class 4A state rankings, rebounced from Friday's 66-58 loss to No. 5 Danville with a 74-60 nonconference win Saturday at Decatur MacArthur ... Centennial is coming off a 60-48 loss to Champaign Central and has lost three in a row following a six-game win streak ... Illinois State-bound junior forward Chris Payton averages 21.7 points and 10.6 rebounds for BHS while senior guard Patrick Fisher follows with 12.8 points and 5.3 assists ... Centennial's Bryson Cowper scored 17 points in the loss to Champaign, including 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Tommy Makabu and Tamba Kulo added 13 apiece ... BHS plays host St. Louis Vashon in its MLK Shootout on Monday. 

Central vs. Tolono Unity

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Cvengros Gymnasium, Bloomington

Records: Central Catholic 8-5, 0-0 in Illini Prairie; Tolono Unity 11-1, 0-0

FYI: The Saints enter their first Illini Prairie Conference game having won eight of nine after a 58-48 triumph over longtime rival University High on Tuesday ... The Rockets, who started 5-0 before a loss to Beardstown in the Williamsville Holiday Tourament, posted a 49-37 home win over Tuscola on Tuesday ... The Saints have four players averaging in double figures, led by Jack Gilmore (11.2). Gilmore has made 28 shots from 3-point range ... Tolono's J.T. Wheeler was held under his 16.9 average against Tuscola, but Jonathan Decker finished with 12 points while the Rockets bench totaled 21 ... Central faces St. Teresa in a 6 p.m. nonconference game Saturday in Decatur.

U High vs. Glenwood

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Normal

Records: University High 8-7, 4-1 in Central State Eight; Chatham Glenwood 13-4, 6-2

FYI: U High enters round-robin play in the Central State Eight Tournament after having a four-game win streak snapped by the loss to Central Catholic ... Glenwood rallied from a 10-point first-quarter deficit to Sacred Heart-Griffin in posting a 41-39 overtime win Saturday in Springfield ... U High sophomore Alex Wood is scoring 16.2 points per contest with 40 3-pointers. Senior Widdel averages 6.5 rebounds ... Bradyn Kilby led the Titans with 12 points against SHG ... U High coach Andrew McDowell said Widdel and fellow senior Ryan Jacob both will play after suffering ankle injuries against the Saints ... The Pioneers continue tourney play Saturday at Decatur MacArthur.

NCHS vs. Peoria N.D.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Peoria

Records: Normal Communuty 12-2, 3-1 in Big 12; Notre Dame 8-9, 1-3

FYI: The Ironmen, ranked No. 9 in 4A, begin a stretch of five games in four days by visiting the Irish as they look to extend a nine-game winning streak ... NCHS followed a Friday win over Urbana with a 61-59 victory over Morton Saturday in the St. Joseph-Ogden Shootout ... Connor Dillon had a game-high 18 points for Notre Dame in a 56-47 loss Saturday at Pekin after scoring 15 the night before in a 43-41 win over Peoria Manual ... C.J. Wilbourn averages 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Ironmen while C.J. Christian adds a 13.0 scoring mark. Wilbourn scored 26 points and Daylen Boddie added 17 against Urbana ... NCHS joins Normal West in participating in the Rockton Hononegah MLK Classic this weekend with two games Saturday and two Monday.

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— Compiled by Joe Deacon



Assistant Sports Editor

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