PEORIA — Two-time defending champion Chicago Orr briefly trailed Chicago Corliss in the second quarter Friday at the Class 2A State Tournament.
Make that very briefly. The No. 2-ranked Spartans quickly erased a two-point Corliss lead and rode a red-hot second half to an 83-50 victory at Carver Arena.
"I think our defense set the tone the second half," said Orr coach Louis Adams, whose team outscored Corliss, 50-23, after the break. "The boys buckled down. Our defense has been stellar all year."
Orr (24-11) will face No. 1 Nashville on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. for the state championship. Corliss (20-9) plays GCMS for third place at 5:30 p.m.
Terry Williams III paced four Spartans in double figures with 21 points. Greg Outlaw added 15 and Tujantae Williams 14. Orr shot 67 percent (18 of 24) in the second half and 61 percent overall.
Dhason Dyson topped the Trojans with 27 points and Leondre Townsen had 14.
Cissna Park 56, Central A&M 44: Fifth-ranked Cissna Park (32-4) rushed to a 17-8 lead through one quarter and held off Central A&M to advance to Saturday's 1 p.m. championship game.
Christian Stadeli paced the Timberwolves with 19 points while twin brother Julian joined him with nine rebounds. Bailey Sluis was 4 of 7 from 3-point range for 12 points.
"You could not find a better group of seniors to coach," Cissna Park coach Kevin Long said. "They work their tails off. This has been four years in the making. I'm proud beyond words."
All-Stater Connor Heaton led the third-ranked Raiders (32-4) with 18 points. Griffin Andricks chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds.
Central A&M will face Concord Triopia for third place at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Providence St. Mel 66, Concord Triopia 41: Top-ranked St. Mel trailed unranked Triopia 25-24 after Zach Thompson banked in a running 3-pointer at the second-quarter buzzer.
Yet the Knights scored 21 points in each of the final two quarters to ease to the win. Deion Jackson topped St. Mel with 20 points and Tyriel Nelson had 12.
"For the whole season we've been a better second half team," St. Mel coach Tim Ervin said. "We knew we only had to keep up the pressure and wear them down. I was really impressed with the way they played defense in the second half."
Shawn Bell's 13 points led the Trojans, who hit just 6 of 22 second-half shots.