PEORIA — Rolando "Pee Wee" Brown delivered 24 points and 10 rebounds for Peoria Manual, but the Rams dropped a 57-48 decision to East St. Louis in the semifinals of the Class 3A state basketball tournament finals on Friday at Carver Arena.
Brown's performance was offset by 19 points from East St. Louis' Terrence Hargrove and 14 from Jashawn Anderson as the Flyers advanced to face Chicago Bogan in Saturday's state championship game. Hargrove also had a game-high 12 rebounds and blocked six shots.
East St. Louis grabbed an 18-10 first quarter lead and held on to improve to 29-6. Manual fell to 19-12.
Manual shot just 30 percent from the floor and was 1-of-8 from three point range. The Rams were 15-of-33 from the foul line.
"That's a lot of free throws," said Manual coach Willie Coleman. "We hit nine or 10 (more) of them we win this ballgame."
The Rams will play Chicago DePaul College Prep in Saturday's third-place game.
Chicago Bogan 51, DePaul College Prep 31: Three players in double figures led the Bengals (30-3) into the title game, led by the 13 points and 15 rebounds of Rashaun Agee. Jordan Booker and Darrion Jones added 10 points each. Jones' contribution helped Bogan to a 19-4 advantage in points off the bench.
DePaul, which never led, received 14 points and 10 rebounds from Perry Cowen.
Belleville West 70, Chicago Curie 48: Reigning state champion Belleville West will defend its title on Saturday against Evanston after Friday's semifinal win over Curie.
The Maroons (33-4) shot 57.8 percent from the floor while limiting Curie to 27.7 percent accuracy. Keith Randolph Jr. led Belleville West with 19 points. Ohio State recruit EJ Liddell and Jaylin Mosby added 14 apiece.
Ramean Hinton and DaJuan Gordon each scored 10 points to lead Curie (34-2).
Evanston 94, Rockford East 82: Blake Peters was 7-of-8 from 3-point range and scored 27 points for Evanston (32-4) to lead the Wildkits into Saturday night's title game. Lance Jones was 10-of-12 from the free throw line and added 24 points.
Evanston shot 63 percent from the field, including 12-of-19 accuracy from beyond the arc.
Chris Burnell led Rockford East (34-3) with 26 points and Sha'Den Clanton added 20.