URBANA — Senior guard Shea Cupples filled up the stat sheet with 22 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals Friday night as the Normal West High School basketball team won its Big 12 Conference opener, 65-51, over Urbana.
Junior forward Cole Hernandez added 13 points and five rebounds, while 6-foot-6 sophomore Corey Walker contributed 12 points.
The Wildcats improved to 2-3 despite being without starters Alec McGinnis, who has a foot injury, and Nic Forcade-Perkins, who was interviewing for a potential college scholarship.
Junior guard Carson Camp did not score for West, but led the team with nine rebounds and handed out four assists. Junior forward Evan Hutson scored nine points, while Tyler Calhoun, a 6-7 junior, added eight points and five rebounds.
The Wildcats outscored Urbana 43-29 in the second half after the teams played to a 22-22 halftime tie.
West coach Brian Cupples said Walker played a key role in that.
"He was really big for us in the second half," Cupples said. "He had a couple of post moves, but he also was running the floor and he had four free throws in the fourth quarter."
The West coach said Camp played "by far his best game of the year," adding, "He was really good defensively and helped handle the ball, didn't turn it over and was big in getting rebounds too."
Cupples said his son, Shea, played well.
"We needed him to with Alec being out," Brian Cupples said. "He had to handle the ball a lot more and he did a good job of it. They all did. It was a really good team win on the road."
Urbana (2-3) was led by Payton Sheen's 17 points.