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TOLONO — Tommy Nelson scored 22 points and J.T. Welch 14 to power the Central Catholic High School basketball team to a 59-42 victory over Tolono Unity on Friday.

The Saints, ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, improved to 11-5 overall and 1-0 in the Illini Prairie Conference. Unity fell to 10-8 and 0-1.

"I thought our kids played hard," said Saint coach Jason Welch, whose team has won 11 of its past 12 games. "I thought they played a good game. I thought our guys kept their poise."

Welch praised the play of his son and Nelson.

"They did a good job tonight," he said. "We started going inside more and we did a nice job of getting the ball to Tommy. J.T. did a nice job of working off those other kids."

Central hustled to a 16-8 lead after one quarter. The Saints stretched the gap to 34-21 by intermission and took a 48-32 lead into the final period.

"We defended well," Welch said. "I think that's a sign of a good team when the ball isn't going in as well as you might like."

Unity received 15 points from Jared Routh.

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