Previews of Friday's boys basketball games involving Intercity teams
Olympia vs. University High
Time: 7 p.m. today
Place: U High Gymnasium, Normal
Records: Olympia 2-1, 0-0 in Corn Belt Conference; U High 2-2, 0-1 in Corn Belt
FYI: U High looks to bounce back from a 58-48 Corn Belt loss to Central Catholic Monday in the final round of the Intercity Tournament. The Pioneers are led by 6-foot-4 senior Aaron Schroeder, who averaged 16.0 points in four Intercity Tournament games. Olympia took second in its own season-opening tournament under first-year coach Gerry Thornton. The Spartans won the final game of that event in double overtime over Roanoke-Benson, with sophomore Matt Frahm scoring 29 points.
Rantoul vs. Central Catholic
Time: 7:30 p.m. today
Place: Central Catholic Gymnasium, Bloomington
Records: Rantoul 0-4, 0-0 in Corn Belt Conference; Central Catholic 2-2, 1-0 in Corn Belt
FYI: Central Catholic hopes to build on the momentum from Monday’s win over U High. The Saints rely heavily on quick senior guard Brandon Dunson, a Tennessee Chattanooga recruit averaging 13.8 points per game. Three of Rantoul’s four losses have been by five points or less. The Eagles played in the Dunlap Tournament before losing a nonconference game Tuesday at Monticello, 56-53.
Decatur MacArthur vs. Bloomington
Time: 7:45 p.m. today
Place: Robert Frank Sports Complex, Bloomington
Records: Decatur MacArthur 1-2, 0-0 in Big 12 Conference; Bloomington 4-0, 2-0 in Big 12
Radio: WJBC-AM (1230)
FYI: Bloomington is flying high after its fifth straight Intercity Tournament championship. The veteran Purple Raiders, who have four starters back from last year’s super-sectional team, had an average victory margin of 18.3 points in the four Intercity games. MacArthur won its first game, but then lost two straight in the season-opening Team SOY Capital Decatur Turkey Tournament at Decatur.
Urbana vs. Normal Community
Time: 7:30 p.m. today
Place: Normal Community Gymnasium, Normal
Records: Urbana 2-1, 0-0 in Big 12 Conference; NCHS 1-3, 1-1 in Big 12
FYI: Normal Community will gain the services of three to four players, including 6-foot-4 senior Marcus King, from the Ironmen’s state champion football team. NCHS had two freshmen and one sophomore play significant minutes during the Intercity Tournament. Urbana is a senior-dominated team which lost to Moline by eight points, but defeated Rich Central and Chicago Fenger by double digits in a season-opening tournament at Moline.